10+ ADD Relationship Tools for Lasting Love

With adult ADD, all you need to make a marriage or partnership last is love, right? Wrong. You also need these relationship tools.

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Commit to Commitment

The main symptoms of ADD/ADHD -- impulsiveness and the need for constant stimulation -- can enhance, as well as threaten, relationships. Because ADD adults are impatient and easily bored, adventurous sexual activities are highly stimulating. Attraction to the new and different may make it difficult to stay monogamous. That’s why it is vital to be committed to the idea of “relationship” -- even more so than your partner.

I met a 93-year-old woman who had been married to the same man for more than 70 years. She told me that they had good times and bad times in their years together, and that she had never once considered divorce, though she joked that she had considered murder once or twice. She knew that she had to be more committed to the institution of marriage than to her husband to make the relationship work. There were times when the couple didn’t feel committed to each other, but their dedication to their marriage got them through.

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