Forum Archives

Return to Forum List

Anyone else- adhd?

You are not logged in. Login here or register.

roarlouder posted 11/14/2013 17:05 PM

I looked in I can relate, but didn't see a thread. Anyone have a WS with adult ADHD that played a role in A?

iwillNOT posted 11/14/2013 17:15 PM

Yes, yes, yes!

I am starting to make connections and realize just how much my WH's ADD has contributed to the poor state of our marriage and it's role in his cheating. The short answer is, more than I ever realized.

There must be many others on the I Can relate thread would be fantastic!!

sisoon posted 11/14/2013 17:20 PM

ADD here, but I'm a faithful BS. Being faithful actually makes me question if I'm really ADD.

Garnet posted 11/14/2013 17:22 PM

Yes, my H has severe add, diagnosed after I found out about his affair. It played a huge part in the destruction of our marriage!!! I think there is a thread in ICR Forum.

roarlouder posted 11/14/2013 17:25 PM

My WH was diagnosed as a child, but nothing done to deal. It isn't solely responsible for the A (there's also past trauma, ego, insecurity, and choice) but it certainly played a role. The psychologist says he's a poster boy for adult ADHD. She said its possible for him to faithful but there's a lot of hard work ahead-even suggested medication. Heavy stuff, terrifying and overwhelming to my WH I am sure.

Certainly complicates the "stay or go" question. Life just isn't as straight forward and black and white as it seems before adulthood.

roarlouder posted 11/14/2013 17:33 PM

Garnet did you R?

embee posted 11/14/2013 17:57 PM

I wonder. I was recently diagnosed myself and I see a lot of the same tendencies in WH. If he ever starts IC like he promised, maybe we'll find out.

StillGoing posted 11/14/2013 18:56 PM

I have ADD, but also a BH.

Honestly, having been off my meds for a few days now I have no idea how in the world anyone with ADD could have an affair. I can't remember where my fucking phone even is half the time, keeping it locked sounds like a herculean task.


I don't believe ADD is a cause for infidelity. It's just a different way of thinking. If you're a liar, you're a liar - whether you have ADD or not. You're just a different kind of liar.

[This message edited by StillGoing at 6:57 PM, November 14th (Thursday)]

HurtButHopeful? posted 11/14/2013 19:04 PM

I agree with StillGoing. Blaming ADD or ADHD would sound like the WS forgot or couldn't stay focused on the M. A person's moral fiber isn't affected by those labels.

Garnet posted 11/14/2013 19:10 PM

We are trying, not an easy task!!

Garnet posted 11/14/2013 19:21 PM

I in no means think add makes someone have an affair!! My husbands ADD made it impossible for him to function in a marriage, with kids,dogs,house & work. I couldn't get him to change a f'n light bulb!!! The resentment of me never having someone to help with everyday life really did a number on our relationship!! I thought he just didn't care and that was not the case, he still can't do normal every day chores but has gotten a bit better.

roarlouder posted 11/14/2013 22:14 PM

I am not suggesting ADHD is an excuse or reason to have an affair. What I have realized, is more often than not, the reasons are complex with many layers. It isn't necessarily about love or sex or power or ego or unhappiness , etc. being complex doesn't make it acceptable either, but it's a fact.

And in our case the ADHD is one of those layers-combined with many factors including choice- that led to this.

Jrazz posted 11/14/2013 22:21 PM

Crazz has diagnosed ADHD and is on Adderall.

Whether or not the condition lent itself to the affair, we are pretty certain that his moodiness, anger, detachment were all amplified by the Strattera he was on during the A. He went off it immediately after DDay and was a whole different person. Kinda a chicken/egg thing there too, but through counseling we have come to an agreement that it played a role. Not an excuse, not a reason, but a contributing factor nonetheless.

Dreamland posted 11/15/2013 00:11 AM

I'm ADD but never took meds and I am BS but I think my WH is also ADHD. So not it relevant since we both love being the center of attention too.. And keep looking for new things to do and not finishing up old projects.

Ostrich80 posted 11/15/2013 03:59 AM

While.filling out questionnaires for my DD pediatrician, who suspected she had it, I saw myself. My ws does not however, ge is constantly making rude remarks about how I have my head up my ass. This has caused many heated arguments when bills were paid late and my constant tardiness. It drives him crazy and makes me feel inadequate. My doctor did dx me with it. This A shit has not helped me, I'm more scattered than ever.

Return to Forum List

© 2002-2018 ®. All Rights Reserved.