ADHD and Sex: Psychologist and Author Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA

Apr 1, 2014
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We recommend this fascinating interview over at Huffington Post —

People with ADHD tend to have more issues in regards to sex than non-ADHD people — difficulty focusing during sex, an increased rate of risky sexual behaviors, and a need for sexual novelty. Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA, a psychologist, ADHD specialist, and author of three books on ADHD, including More Attention, Less Deficit: Success Strategies for Adults with ADHD, tells us more about how ADHD impacts sex lives — and what to do about it.

Ari Tuckman PsyD MBA is a clinical psychologist in West Chester, PA.

What are some of the most common issues people with ADHD face in regards to sex?

People in happy relationships tend to have more sex, but ADHD (especially when undiagnosed and untreated) can negatively impact a couple’s happiness. It’s hard to feel sexually attracted to and generous with someone that you are angry at. It’s also possible that sex just gets squeezed out of the day because one or both partners run out of time or energy.

People with ADHD have the same difficulties with sex as people without ADHD, but perhaps more often or more intensely. I call this the ADHD multiplier: the ADHD multiplies the difficulties, but doesn’t really create unique problems that others aren’t also experiencing. Many of the sexual problems for these folks isn’t about sex per se, but about the relationship struggles that undermine a satisfying sex life.

What treatments do you recommend for a person with ADHD whose high sex drive has lead to difficulties in their current relationship? Is individual therapy or couples therapy recommended?

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