Financial Problems In an ADHD Marriage

Q:

"How do I deal with my marital discord and financial bankruptcy? My husband — and my child — have ADHD. Our situation is in the red so deeply that we are lucky to make our rent payments."

Sandy Maynard
A:

Debtors Anonymous is a 12-step program that is dedicated to helping individuals who are in debt. It may the place to start in finding the support and information that you need to DebtorsAnonymous.org. Getting a handle on your financial situation will do a lot to relieve your stress and may alleviate many of the problems affecting your marriage.

You may also want to find out what is available locally through social services or community programs. Consider seeking support within your church or synagogue. Rabbis, ministers, pastors or priests can be a great source comfort and guidance when you are at the end of your rope.

You should also check out an ADHD support group where you'll find that marital and financial difficulties are not uncommon in families with ADHD members. You may find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. You may also receive good suggestions on how to cope. The group and the information it provides may help you understand better how ADHD is affecting the dynamics of your marriage and what you can do about it.

Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.

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