ADHD Impulsivity Is Ruining My Relationships!

"My partner and I were getting serious about each other. Then, one evening, I went home with a guy I met at a coffee shop. My partner ended the relationship. How can I be less impulsive with adult ADHD?"
The Experts | posted by Melissa Orlov
Melissa Orlov, a frequent ADDitude contributor with Dr. Ned Hallowell, writes about ADHD and marriage and offers relationship advice to adults with ADD.

Impulsiveness ruins relationships for many who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD). If you have problems controlling impulsivity, make it a “target symptom” -- one against which you measure the success of your treatment .

Treatments that help your brain function at its best -- taking medication at the right dose, getting better nutrition , trying fish oil supplements , exercising regularly -- may enable you to think before you act. Develop a strategy to prevent you from making rash decisions. Take a time-out somewhere -- the restroom, your car -- or take a walk around the block before doing anything you haven’t thought through. Or call a good friend and ask her to discuss the decision.

Your impulsivity may be due to low self-esteem . Perhaps you sabotaged your relationship with your partner because you didn’t think you measured up to him. If you suspect this is the case, schedule an appointment with a counselor to talk about it.

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