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The ADHD Effect on Marriage: Understand and Rebuild Your Relationship in Six Steps

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

    Extremely Helpful Book

    My wife (who has ADHD) and I (who does not) have just started reading this book together, and we are already benefiting from it!

    This is the first book that I have been able to find that isn't only about understanding ADHD and the behaviors that tend to be associated with ADHD. It also addresses behaviors that are associated with the nonADHD person in the couple. And that is essential in order for both partners to feel validated, and also in order for each partner to feel empathy for the other.

    In the past, when my wife and I have attempted to read other books together - books that were written for couples in which one of the partners has ADHD - my wife always felt so bad that her ADHD behaviors were causing such pain for me that she was unable to continue. She came away feeling that since she was the one with ADHD, she was to blame for all our problems. And in some ways, I actually agreed with her. But because she was feeling so guilty, she wasn't able to take a step back and really see the effect her behaviors were having on me. And so we were stuck.

    The ADHD Effect on Marriage, on the other hand, puts the "blame" not just on the ADHD, but also on the nonADHD spouse's very predictable responses to ADHD behaviors, and also on the ADHD spouse's predictable responses to the nonADHD spouse's responses! So both of us are able to more clearly understand how we are each contributing to the dynamic. She can see the effect her behaviors have on me, and perhaps more importantly, I can see the effect my behaviors (in response to her behaviors) are having on her. And ironically, rather that both of us just feeling bad that we are to blame, we actually now feel that we can work together to improve things.

    We've only gotten through the first part of the book - Understanding ADHD in Your Marriage. And already we are listening to each other more, and fighting less! And we both look forward to reading the next section - Rebuilding Your Relationship in Six Steps.

    I think if you are in a relationship where one person has ADHD and one does not, I believe you will find this book to be very helpful.

    I'll write up an update when we have finished the second part of the book.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010


    A great book that helps couples work with ADHD in the marriage! ADHD does lots of damage to an intimate relationship. Melissa has practical advice and applications from her own personal struggle and victory in her own real life marriage. My husband and I loved reading this together and finding hope for ourselves...It easy to read, gives hope and encouragement, that an ADHD marriage can be "better than ever" with some understanding, coping skills and comminication. This is a wonderful tool! Maria L.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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