ADHD stands for Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. For those diagnosed the world can often be a confusing, frightening and lonely experience navigating through miscommunication, lost in translation, forgetfulness, super speeds, impulsive decisions which often come back to bite you on the bum and a head of constant noise! For those living with a partner or child with ADHD their world too can often seem a confusing and lonely place where they come second and their thoughts and feelings seem to get lost in a void somewhere.
I’m Louise and this super fast freddy is Dan. We are not medical professionals ( although that would be very interesting to see) we are a normal couple navigating through the business of life with 5 (soon to be 6!) kids amongst us, households to juggle, bills to pay all under the watchful eye of Mr ADHD. Dan is 40 and diagnosed with adult ADHD less common than child ADHD but packed with the same challenges, restlessness, impulsive thoughts, short attention span and struggle to concentrate and communicate and anxiety and sleep problems. We’ve often spoke to many couples who are struggling to hold it together and many who unfortunately don’t make it and buckle under the strain. The journey can often seem a long and tired road with very little help and advice on the way. We don’t have all the answers by any means but are sharing our story as we go hoping to encourage others to keep sticking at it, laugh when it is tough, fight together and not each other and stick two fingers up to Mr ADHD when he says you can’t make it!