Recent research on ADHD and how it relates to an individual’s sex life showed that those who experience it could go through a range of problems. ADHD relates to a stronger sexual desire but causes less satisfaction and a higher rate of sexual dysfunction.
Apart from sex life, relationships also suffer due to ADHD-related issues. Relationship quality is greatly affected as people struggle to provide stability and support to their partners, which results in a high number of divorces and resorting to a variety of coping mechanisms.
While every case is unique, there are some universal tips for reducing the harmful effects of ADHD. For example, most relationships fall apart when the non-ADHD partner loses patience in dealing with the behavior patterns of the ADHD partner.
For this reason, experts recommend managing expectations, setting boundaries, and making sure both partners feel comfortable. In addition, ensuring the non-ADHD partner understands which behaviors are actual symptoms means fewer arguments and hurt feelings in the long run.
At the same time, working out ways to reduce the effect of the said symptoms on everyday life can go a long way. For example, knowing what’s a distraction and making sure it’s gone can benefit a couple’s sex life.
It’s also important for both partners to make time for self-care and some alone time. Being with a person with ADHD can be exhausting, and taking time to rewind is crucial for the long-term well-being of both partners.