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      josman1789
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      Hi Everyone,

      I’ve learned so much from ADDMag and from these forums. My husband almost certainly has ADHD and autism, though he’s never been formerly diagnosed (he comes from a country where these are sadly highly stigmatized), and he is not interested in getting diagnosed or help. Usually we manage fine, but there are definitely times when the fact that he operates on a different plane causes frustrations and difficulties. I’m looking for some kind of online support group where I can be with other neurotypical spouses who have navigated these waters before, who might be able to provide perspective, advice, and context for how my husband operates and how I can respond in a helpful manner. I have asked my doctor for help, and she sent me to mental health center that “doesn’t offer that” unless my husband pursues a diagnosis, which he refuses to do. Thank you in advance for any insights or ideas! –Julia

    • #192818
      hayes
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      Josman

      I’m the ADD partner. I believe ADD.org has resources for neurotypical partners; CHADD (chadd.org) might also have resources available. They might at least be places to start. Good luck with the search – and thanks for your care and thoughtfulness!

      CHRIS

      • #192975
        josman1789
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        Chris–Thank you so much, I will look there!

    • #192917
      pulsenyc
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      @josman1789 Happy to start a support group together and hopefully others will come on board. Is there a way to message one another or simply reply to comments here?

    • #192976
      josman1789
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      Pulsenyc–Thank you! I would love it if a few folks found this thread and we started our own. I’m also following up on Chris’s suggestions above. ADD.org does have support groups: https://add.org/virtual-peer-support-group-spouserelationship-peer-group-adhders-non-adhd-spouses/

      I will try it out this Wednesday!

      Julia

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