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People with ADHD should not

People with ADHD should not marry or have kids. I'm single & childless and that has helped me more with my ADHD than anything else. Less stress, less to remember, more money to handle inevitable screwups.
Married parents with ADHD bring most of their issues on themselves.

reply to (and anyone else for that matter)People with ADHD should not

I can't agree with you on this matter. It is a very pessimistic view on this disorder. I am 46 years old and was diagnosed just one year ago on 12/31/12. I was very, very depressed at the time of my diagnosis. I don't know if I be alive today, if my wife had not been there. One of the things that helps me very much, is the unconditional love I receive from my wife and three daughters. My wife helps me in so many ways. As an example, there are times when I am feeling down, but don't remember why. Sometimes with just a few words, she can help me remember, and we can talk about it. I know I was already married and had children when I was diagnosed, but I can't imagine life without them. Your are entitled to your opinion, but it is not necessarily best for everyone with this disorder. I do agree with you, that life can make become more complicated(for someone with ADHD)when you marry and have children, but that doesn't make it a bad thing. With therapy I am finding ways to cope with the disorder. If you find the right person, you can have a great life together.

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Larry Maucieri, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at Governors State University. He has published on adult ADHD as well as traumatic brain injury and dementia.

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