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  • Writer's pictureDr Oscar D'Agnone, MD, MRCPsych.

ADHD Diagnosis and the Impact on Relationships and Social Interactions

Updated: Oct 9, 2023


For many people, simply getting a diagnosis of ADHD can help sufferers come to terms with their symptoms, and can even be a useful first step to better coping with the condition.


ADHD can, unfortunately, have a negative impact on the sufferers' relationships, as well as their social interactions. Despite this, it does not mean that the ADHD-diagnosed person cannot maintain healthy relationships and have positive social interactions. With the right support, sufferers can learn to better manage their symptoms, and accept these symptoms for what makes them unique and different.


If you or a loved one are struggling with the impact ADHD is having on your relationships and social interactions, then the OAD Clinic can help. The OAD Clinic can provide ADHD diagnosis and effective treatment for ADHD for patients from all around the world, including patients travelling over from Egypt, India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.


Diagnosing ADHD


ADHD is usually diagnosed in children or teenagers by a clinical interview with a trained healthcare professional. However, it is possible for adults to be diagnosed later in life too.


The professional will follow guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to help them make a diagnosis. ADHD sufferers tend to demonstrate a pattern of inattention and impulsivity.


ADHD will be diagnosed by the healthcare professional if the patient has demonstrated a repeat of certain symptoms for a minimum of 6 months. Usually, six or more inattention symptoms, alongside six or more impulsivity symptoms, need to be demonstrated for the professional to diagnose the patient with ADHD. These symptoms need to cause a clear disruption to the patient’s personal development.


The OAD Clinic provides ADHD diagnosis and treatment for ADHD for patients from all over the world, including patients from Egypt, India, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. If you are from outside of the UK, the OAD Clinic can still support you with your ADHD diagnosis, symptoms and treatment.


The Impact of ADHD on Relationships


Having ADHD can create challenges when it comes to developing and maintaining personal relationships.


Romantic Relationships


Those with an ADHD diagnosis can easily be distracted and forgetful, which can cause issues with romantic relationships. They also come across as poor listeners and insensitive at times, which can be a struggle for romantic relationships. What’s more is that ADHD sufferers are more likely to carry a negative self-image and have poor self conference which could mean they rely more on their partner for reassurance and that little bit of extra love and attention.


Friendships


Maintaining strong friendships can be difficult for those with ADHD. Those with ADHD may be oversharers, have issues listening and even have social anxiety. All of these traits can get in the way of maintaining strong friendships. If you have a friend with ADHD they may be known for cancelling plans last minute which can cause strains in friendship. This is something that ADHD sufferers cannot always control as they are prone to making plans they cannot fully commit to due to being so impulsive and forgetful.


The Impact of ADHD on Social Interactions


Those with ADHD can find social interactions difficult due to not being so great at picking up on social cues, as well as their unreliability and ability to easily overreact when something goes wrong. They are also known for going off-topic which can be frustrating for others.


ADHD treatment is available in the UK with OAD Clinic’s many years of clinical excellence using combined clinical and electronic assessment tools, including the TOVA test for ADHD.


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