feelings friends friendship Fall 2011 Issue of ADDitude Magazine

Feeling Antisocial? Alone? Both? 3 Common ADHD Friendship Challenges

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Maintaining friendships is hard work for most adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). It means making commitments and following through, neither of which are big strengths of ours.

If we wind up canceling or, worse, forgetting about a coffee date or movie night altogether, we feel guilty, frustrated, and worse than if we hadn’t agreed to meet.Then there’s the fact that those with ADHD need more time alone than others do, to give their busy brains a rest, which can come across as feeling antisocial.

Sometimes I think that Attention Deficit Disorder should be called Attention Surplus Disorder. After a stimulating day at work, sorting through to-do lists and reminding ourselves to stay on task, deciding whether to

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