Should We Bring a Child Into Our ADHD Household?

“One thought: Your husband’s moods may not be due to ADD/ADHD.”

Try not to bark orders like a drill sergeant. Yelling shows a child that you, the almighty parent, has lost control. Shouting also opens up the door to your child to return the favor and to yell back.

Now would be a good time for your husband to learn to manage his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as well as he can, before the stress and demands of parenting are added to the mix. He might benefit from talking with an ADHD coach or therapist to help him become less distracted, more predictable, and better able to regulate his moods. This targeted help may be more beneficial to him than reading books or going online for information.

It would also be a good time for you to learn how you can best support him with his ADHD challenges. Consider Gina Pera’s book Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, which is written from a partner’s perspective.

One thought: Your husband’s moods may not be due to ADD/ADHD. They might be a separate issue to be addressed by a professional. Many people with ADHD also have co-occurring conditions. Mood issues such as bipolar disorder may explain the “roller-coaster ride” you reference.

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