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          Is It Over? A Divorce Solution

          July 09, 2009

          Do you and your spouse fight about the same things over and over? Dr. Phil’s guests have threatened divorce and want to know if there’s a solution for their constant battles. Does Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) play a part in the crumbling of these relationships?


          Like Father, Like Son?

          Deanna and Jason say they have huge fights that are destroying their marriage. Their son was recently diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and that’s given Deanna new insight into her husband’s behavior. Does Jason have the same disorder?


          “Jason has had every symptom.”



          An Experiment in the Kitchen

          Jason participates in a simple task, while an ADD expert looks for common traits of the disorder.



          An Expert’s Take

          Dr. Ned Hallowell is a leading ADD and ADHD expert and is dedicated to helping couples find solutions to problems that these disorders can create in relationships. He gives his opinion on whether Jason has traits that may be associated with ADD and what his next step should be.


          “If it is ADD, my goodness, your marriage can be saved.”



          A Parent/Child Relationship

          Kevin was diagnosed with ADD a year ago. His wife, Roseshel, says their marriage is a roller-coaster ride, and she thinks about divorce every day.


          Can this couple keep their marriage together? 



          How to Communicate

          David has ADD. He and his wife, Claudia, want to know how to effectively communicate, so their disagreements don’t escalate.


          “Using a bigger whip doesn’t work.”


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          Related Resources

          • Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood
            Delivered from Distraction: Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder
            by Dr. Ned Hallowell 
          • For more information, visit Dr. Hallowell’s Web sites: and

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