By Susan Lasky and Harold Meyer
You fell in love with his boyish enthusiasm, adventuresome spirit and easy-going charm. Now you are frustrated that he decides to go skiing instead of shoveling the snow off the walkway, or forgets to take the children to the dentist.
You were fascinated by her many interests, creativity and “enjoy the moment” approach to life. Now you are fed up with the clutter of her incomplete projects, and annoyed by her indifference to planning meals and shopping.
It is easier to love someone with ADHD than it is to live with them.
Equal Partners or Parent/Child?
You began your relationship as lovers, partners and equals. But, over time, if the non-ADHD partner feels the ADHD partner fails to carry their fair share of daily responsibility, the balance shifts. The non-ADHD partner may become frustrated, disappointed, angry or detached. It is ironic that those character traits that initially attracted you are often those that create the most conflict as a relationship matures.
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