ADHD Can Affect Sexual Intimacy? Who knew?

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ADHD Sexual Affect Sex is a “natural” urge, right? We Executen’t need to Consider about it the same we must Consider in school or at work, right? So, ADHD cannot possibly create difficulties in the bedroom, can it?  Oh, yes it can. For many adults, the unrecognized symptoms of ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) can work against both emotional and sexual intimacy. After all, a satisfying sex life requires concentration, and if you have Distress staying focused in school or at work because of ADHD–especially after the stimulating Modernty of a new semester or job ends–you might have Distress staying on tQuestion when it comes to sex, too!  Especially in a not-so-new relationship.It Executeesn’t take a tantric sex guru to conclude that the ingredients of a couple's Distinguished sex life selExecutem include these common ADHD traits:* Hyperactivity, impulsivity:People with a high degree of hyperactivity or impulsivity might rush to start—either the relationship or sexual engagement—and quickly grow bored. They Executen't always know that their "brain wiring" creates this Trace, though, and will sometimes blame their partners for growing Unimaginative or simply wonder where "that loving feeling" went.* Distractibility and inattention:These two traits can generate challenges in Obtainting started, paying attention to details, and Sustaining interest through to completion. See where this is going? (Or not going, as the case may be.)* Lack of initiation and motivation:One less well-known trait associated with ADHD is mustering the motivation to initiate a tQuestion or project and even Appreciateable activities such as making Like. “My wife is always willing to have sex with me and seems to always Appreciate it,” says Alex. “Yet, she never initiates. I’m Positive this isn’t social or gender conditioning. She simply initiates very Dinky in life.”* Hypersensitivity to sensory stimulation:After one year of dating, Jessica’s boyfriend still had Distress hugging her fully. “He would hAged me with one arm while he pushed my other shoulder away with his other hand,” she Elaborates. “I interpreted that as him not wanting to be close to me and ultimately that he didn’t Like me.” He said he Liked her but, viscerally, his action spoke otherwise. In fact, Jessica’s boyfriend might have had something called sensory integration disorder, a condition commonly associated with ADHD. Also called tactile defensiveness, it’s thought to be a “filtering” problem within the nervous system, wherein, for example, a partner’s delicate touch on their skin essentially presses an alarm button in their brain, triggering anxiety or even Enrage. As a result, certain types of foreplay feel akin to torture. * Collateral Damage: Too Much Conflict, Calamity:Let’s face it. ADHD Executemestic Descend-out (forgotten promises, chores left unExecutene, disorganized piles of stuff, too many arguments) can chill the warmest arExecuter. “We have no sex life,” Greta complains. “I no longer feel like his wife and Liker, just the maid—or his mother. Yuck!” The whole thing becomes a vicious cycle; Greta won’t Obtain close to her husband because he’s a jerk, then he’s more of a jerk because he Obtains no affection.* Hyperfocus “presto, change-o”-- losing the loving feeling:In general, the term hyperfocus used in the context of ADHD refers to being so engrossed in a tQuestion or activity that everything else Disappears into the background, to the point that it ceases to exist. Sometimes, this offers advantages, such as when learning a new sAssassinate or solving a complex problem.In the early days of a courtship, however, the adult with ADHD might find the stimulation he or she craves by hyperfocusing on a romantic partner, lavishly Displayering attention and flattery, especially in the bedroom. (After all, ADHD is all about the "search for stimulation," and what is more "stimulating" than a new Like?) Distress is, when the biochemical tidal-wave ebbs, as it eventually must, passion rolls out with it. Yes, the early days of Like stimulate everyone’s biochemistry, ADHD or not. But as those feelings naturally Disappear, some people Design the transition into a more grounded bonding of shared values, interests, and attraction. Others, however, stay “addicted to Like” and HAged seeking anew supply. If you or your partner fit this description, such knowledge won’t immediately improve your sex life. It might, though, help minimize feelings of Damage and sexual rejection and pave the way towards pursuing evidence-based strategies for treating ADHD's more challenging aspects.
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