Dealing with Emotional Volatility in ADHD-Impacted Relationships – 2023

with Melissa Orlov


Do you feel as if you are walking on eggshells around your partner?  Do you or your partner regularly erupt into yelling, defensiveness or irritation?  Feel quickly overwhelmed and shut down?  Emotional dysregulation is a core component of ADHD, and learning to manage emotional volatility is a key component of successfully turning around your relationship.  In this session Melissa discusses the latest information on what causes the high emotions in both partners, along with specific strategies you can use to start to bring emotions under control.  It’s critical information for any couple struggling in an ADHD-impacted relationship.

About Melissa Orlov

Melissa Orlov is the founder of, and author of two award-winning books on the impact of ADHD in relationships – The ADHD Effect on Marriage (2010) and The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD (2014). She is considered one of the foremost authorities on the topic of how ADHD impacts adult relationships.

A marriage consultant, Melissa helps ADHD-affected couples from around the world re-balance their relationships and learn to thrive through her seminars, consulting and books. She also teaches marriage counselors and other professionals about effective marriage therapy for couples impacted by ADHD. Orlov blogs for Psychology Today and at, where she also hosts a large community of adults learning about ADHD in relationships. She has been interviewed by many, including the New York Times, CNN, Today, and US News and World Report. Ms. Orlov is a cum laude graduate of Harvard College.

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