The 2 Most Common Mistakes Made by People with ADHD in Maintaining Friendships

September 2nd, 2012

Given our busy lives, it is no wonder that many of us have difficulty keeping up with friendships. But for individuals with ADHD, maintaining healthy friendships can be even a bigger struggle than for most.  How does one balance the many demands that life puts upon us while keeping our vital connections to those people we truly value?  The following article takes a look at 2 of the most common mistakes made by those with ADHD when it comes to maintaining these close friendships.

Many individuals with ADHD attract many friends due to their zany sense of humor, high energy, and creative fun loving nature.  However, for many people with ADHD, maintaining good friendships over a sustained period of time may be difficult, due to a variety of reasons including boredom, poor time management, problems with memory and behaviors that may be interpreted as being selfish or unresponsive to other’s  needs.  Out of all the difficulties one faces in maintaining good friendships, the 2 most common mistakes that I have noted among people with ADHD are the following; (more…)

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ADHD and How I Learned To Take my Foot Out Of My Mouth

May 2nd, 2012

By Leslie Rouder, LCSW

This was a difficult blog post for me to write because it caused me to remember some of those embarrassing moments in which I have put my own foot into my mouth and felt like the woman in this photo.   Whether or not you have ADHD, I am sure we can all look back over a time when we wished we had not blurted something out while at a meeting or social engagement.  But for individuals with ADHD, this problem can create a lot of anxiety and stress around business and social functions.  In addition, the inability to read social cues can sometimes prevent these individuals from receiving promotions at work and social stability in all areas of their lives. The following article addresses this concern and the challenges that go along with it.

Many people with ADHD can relate to a long history of being challenged by the uncontrollable urge to (inappropriately) blurt things out or over explain themselves.  If you are one of these individuals, wondering how you too can learn to take your foot out of your mouth, and develop appropriate social skills, consider the following 3 main reasons why individuals with ADHD often struggle with this problem; (more…)