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How To Engage In A Conversation With Someone With ADHD

Introduction

Are you looking to engage in a conversation with someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?  Are you looking to find out more about this person?  Continue reading this article to find out more helpful strategies to start a conversation with this person.

Talk To Them As If They Were Any Other Person

If you are looking to start a conversation with an individual with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, consider talking to this person as if he or she were any other person, with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  This will enable that person to feel connected with you.  This person will realize that you are not focused on his or her disorder, of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but rather wanting to get to know this person better as a person.  Consider giving this strategy a try.

Focus On Their Strengths

In addition to talking to a person with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder just like any other person, consider focusing on this person’s particular strengths, according to ADDitudeMag.com.  Do not focus on this person’s weaknesses while engaging in a conversation with him or her.  Focus on the strengths.  This will make the person open up to you more.  He or she will want to share more information with you and be more willing to engage in a conversation with you and share more information about themselves.

Listen To Them

In addition to talking to this person as if they were an individual without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and focusing on the strengths of this person, also consider just listening to the person rather than trying to speak to him or her.  Let the person do the talking.  Listen to what he or she has to say.  This person will feel special.  You will make him or her open up to you more.  If you do all the talking, he or she will begin to question if you are really interested in what you have to say.

Conclusion

To conclude this article, this article has provided readers with three strategies to engage in conversations with someone with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  They include but are not limited to talking to this person as if he or she were a person with or without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, focusing on this person’s particular strengths as opposed to their weaknesses, in addition to listening to this person, instead of letting them do all the talking.

How To Engage In A Conversation With Someone With ADHD


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2017). How To Engage In A Conversation With Someone With ADHD. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/living-with-adhd/2017/02/how-to-engage-in-a-conversation-with-someone-with-adhd/

 

Last updated: 26 Feb 2017
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