This morning, a journalist asked me to name three top challenges that ADHD poses to relationships. My first thought: “Finding the keys, the cell phone, and the wallet.” But that sounds so trivial, doesn’t it? Yes it does, until you’ve been pulled into an ADHD partner’s adrenaline-spiking, to-the-death search on a daily basis. And, in truth, other issues do loom much larger — like remembering to re-charge the cell phone. Another minor issue? Not when your child or partner is counting on you to stay in touch.
Now, I’d be the last person to suggest we can rely solely on organizational tools to resolve ADHD-related issues, especially as they affect relationships. But sometimes we get so caught up in the whirling vortex of bigger problems that we miss simple solutions to the smaller ones. For example, what could be easier than placing your keys, watch, gizmos-to-be-recharged, and whatnot in a tidy valet like this one (pictured right). Read the rest of this entry »