ADD/ADHD can wreak havoc in relationships. Issues include disorganization, memory lapses, arguments around planning and lack of focus or attention in conversations. Many people have ADD and don’t know it. In this episode, John and ADHD expert James Ochoa discuss how to better manage ADD in relationships and minimize the conflict it can cause.
Partners with ADHD often have difficulty with follow-through, organization, motivation, and emotional regulation, causing them to seem unreliable and uncaring. Tune in to learn how to manage a partner (or yourself!) with ADD and still have a fully supportive and loving relationship.
James Ochoa, MA, LPC is the author of Focus Forward, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and founder of The Life Empowerment Center in Austin, Texas. He offers action-focused counseling and executive coaching to help his clients discover ways to empower themselves in all areas of their lives. His passion is treating the emotional distress of ADHD so clients can better manage themselves and their relationships and lead vibrant lives.
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“That cycling effect of emotional and mental storms– because I forgot something, because I didn’t finish something again– begins to have a weight that mimics post-traumatic stress or chronic disruption in your emotional-mental state.”– James Ochoa
- Why it’s important to know if you have ADHD
- What is ADHD?
- How ADHD shows itself in relationship
- Why emotional support is essential for ADHDers
- How to communicate effectively about conflicts caused by ADHD
- How people with ADHD can learn to be more flexible in stressful situations
- The best way to get an ADHD assessment
- How ADHD affects identity formation
“If we understand (ADHD), then we better understand the quirks that are in our minds and in our brains. We can better explain ourselves to our partners so it’s not so cumbersome.” – John Howard
- Get a copy of Focus Forward by James Ochoa
- Listen to The Complex podcast
- Watch ADHD – From Answers to Action
- Read James’s HuffPost article: The Emotional Distress of Living With ADHD
- Connect with James Ochoa, LPC:
“If someone is not emotionally confident or clear about who they are or they didn’t grow up in a healthy situation, then they feel like something is wrong with them.”– James Ochoa on living with undiagnosed ADHD