Dear non-ADHD partner,
You are right that I have an insatiable need to be liked. I’ve been going through therapy lately and have discovered that this is largely due to the severe emotional neglect I experienced as a child. Because this is not fair to you or our autistic son, I need to process these feelings, heal spiritually, and reconnect with you emotionally. I’m sorry I’ve been “checked out” and not giving you the support you need through these hard times. You have been my rock, and I know that’s a huge amount of pressure on you. Thank you for not giving up on our marriage. I will work hard to be the best version of me that I can be so that it will take some of the load off of you.
Your ADHD partner