Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in adults can significantly alter daily activities both in personal and professional aspects. This also includes concerns in forming relationships and maintaining it. For a person with ADHD, problems such as hyper-sexuality or hypo-sexuality can happen.
Hyper-sexuality in ADHD
Hyper-sexuality in ADHD is characterized as having increased interest in sex and engaging in sexual practices due to unusually high levels of libidinal energy. In persons with ADHD, the effects of hyper-sexuality often give temporary feelings of calmness due to the release of endorphins in the brain. As such, the person may continue to look for ways to sustain these feelings as it curtails the constant restlessness they feel. Nonetheless, this could lead to negative behaviors such as pornography, multiple partners, and having unprotected sex. In return, all these can put a strain
Hypo-sexuality in ADHD
On the other hand, some people with ADHD may also experience some decrease in sexual interests brought about by the effects of medications or the condition itself. It has been reported that women with ADHD have trouble in reaching orgasms despite prolonged stimulation. In addition, because of the hyper-alertness of brain chemicals, some experience increased sensitization towards sexual act resulting in revulsion and disinterest.
What can you do?
Getting into therapy can help couples or individuals deal with their problems with sexuality. It is also recommended that each partner should communicate and express their greatest concern. This makes the whole experience memorable and satisfying for both partners. Experts also suggest getting involved in other romantic ways to enhance one’s attention and improve sexual intimacy. Experimenting or trying to learn innovative ways together can significantly develop positive perspectives in one’s sexual relationships.