Loving Someone With Attention Deficit Disorder: A Practical Guide to Understanding Your Partner, Improving Your Communication, and Strengthening Your ... (The New Harbinger Loving Someone Series)
Initial thoughts: This was an excellent resource. It seems to cover every major aspect of what a partner may go through when living with someone with ADHD, and at the same time addresses what the person with ADHD experiences to cause the behavior. Great expansions on the case studies as well.Full review:"Loving Someone With Attention Deficit Disorder" is an invaluable resource for families that have a loved one suffering from the condition. It's written with spouses particularly addressed, but I think it could apply to those who may be adults in a family with a loved one who suffers from the condition. I would say that it's not only helpful for those who may not know about some of the limitations ADD/ADHD may have, but also for those who suffer from it understand where frustrations and difficulties may lend in their relationships.The book is divided into three parts. The first examines exactly what ADHD is and the components/attributes of the disorder. The second specifically addresses understanding the person with ADHD in four dimensions: physical, personal, relational and emotional. The last part addresses dimension in which the non-ADHD individual can build bonds and try to build understanding with the person who has ADHD. Throughout the book are several real case accounts of couples with ADHD, alongside exercises that the individual can try to build their own unique understanding of their experiences. I used this as a resource in order to understand not only the nature of ADHD in brief but also its role in interpersonal relationships. It was a very eye opening account of the several dimensions involved, and its realistic in that there's no one quick fix for dealing with the problems that arise, but it makes you aware of what may come across. There aren't many texts that really provide the other side of the relationship from the non-ADHD individual. Tschudi has a warm narrative tone and makes great points about the different dimensions of improving upon the relationship. It promotes understanding as well as a progressive standpoint of what to do when certain conflicts arise and how to mentally cope as well address the issue for future context.This is a must read for those who have a loved one with ADHD, no questions asked. I think not only would it be enlightening to see the dynamics of the disorder, but also for the non-ADHD individual to learn how to emotionally strengthen themselves and come to a better understanding and relationship with their loved one.Overall score: 4.5/5 Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher New Harbinger Publications.