"What you'll often see in the beginning is an engaging, dynamic, carefree, risk-taking individual.The first few weeks or months of dating someone with ADHD can be very fun," Barkley says.Barkley, Ph D, clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina and ADHD expert, tells Buzz Feed Health.
Even if it's not intentional, this shift can seem dramatic and hurtful, and partners might assume it’s because that person doesn’t care about them anymore, says Ramsay.
Because of this, people with ADHD might find themselves consistently losing partners at this phase or only dating people for several months or a year at a time.
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"If you have ADHD, you need to find the right treatment (whether that's medication or another therapy), be willing to stick with it, and find accommodations so your environment is more conducive to your productivity," Barkley says. It's about managing the disorder effectively both inside and outside of the relationship for life.