Challenges in Communication Caused by ADHD Symptoms

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Challenges in Communication Caused by ADHD Symptoms, Featuring Melissa Orlov

Distraction is one of the symptoms that can strain a relationship. Other symptoms, such as inattention and forgetfulness, can make the other partner feel unloved. Working on symptom management together can improve communication and strengthen a relationship.

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Melissa Orlov is one of the top experts in how ADHD affects relationships and has been writing about the topic since 2007. She first developed her ADHD knowledge working with Dr. Edward Hallowell and assisting with educational programs delivered by Dr. Hallowell and Dr. John Ratey. Ms. Orlov is the author of two award-winning books on how adult ADHD impacts couples, The ADHD Effect on Marriage and The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD (with Nancie Kohlenberger). She is a contributor to several others, including the first book for therapists on how to counsel couples impacted by ADHD. She currently blogs for Psychology Today, teaches seminars for couples, therapists and coaches, gives lectures internationally, and writes online at where she advises many thousands of couples.

Ms. Orlov has real-life experience with the pain, confusion and exhaustion associated with tackling the issues surrounding ADHD in relationships. She has helped many couples move their relationships from miserable to better than they ever expected with her activist counseling approach. Ms. Orlov and her husband of more than 25 years live outside of Boston.

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