Ask the Experts

Tired, Tense Parents

“My husband and I have ADHD, and our daughter was recently diagnosed with it. Helping her has increased tension between us. Can we calm things down?”

The most important thing you can do for you and your daughter about her attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis is to provide unconditional love. Laugh about the predicaments in which you find yourselves, and try not to compare your family to others. Give lots of hugs, and find things at which your daughter excels.

Getting organized and creating structure won’t be easy. Don’t be shy about enlisting a coach or an organizer to help out, as you work with your daughter to manage her symptoms.

[The Weight of ADHD on Your Marriage]

Note: As you try to simplify your life, be sure not to eliminate together time or romance. It’s essential to your success as a couple.

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