Couples With One ADHD Partner
Has anyone else encountered this with an ADHD partner?
My husband was diagnosed at age 45 with ADHD. He is now 59 and we’ve been together for 5 years. He is a brilliant man (very high IQ) who struggled for years until he recognized his symptoms from an article and was properly diagnosed. He is incredibly gentle and kind to me, and if it weren’t for the typical ADHD characteristics, he’d be just about perfect.
We have all the usual ADHD issues often mentioned here, but we’re working through them with only the occasional flare up. However, he has one trait that I’m curious about, and wondering if any of you have come across it with other ADHD folks.
When he thinks there is no one around, or is in the shower, he carries on complete conversations with “other people”, out loud. These are real people that we know, not imaginary, and he only vocalizes his side of the conversation. It’s easy to tell what the “other people” are “saying” based on his next response, but it’s totally wierd! Many times, these will be angry exchanges, with harsh language and/or very threatening tones. This is particularly unusual, because he NEVER speaks to anyone that way face to face. These “conversations” can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 10 minutes. It’s like a dual personality thing or something.
Has anyone else ever encountered anything like this? Is it an occasional symptom of ADHD or something that is found in conjunction with it?
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