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Why do people with ADHD have a hard time regulating their emotions?

Asked 9/22/2020 05:59 by IMH
Ian Hymans

Ian Hymans

Answered 9/23/2020 01:19

In 90% of people diagnosed with ADHD there are comorbid conditions and/or symptoms of what has been named "Emotional Dysregulation". Many researchers, and I agree as a diagnosed adult with adhd, that it comes hand in hand with Executive Dysfunction Disorder. The neurotypical brain can take in information, process it, then gauge the appropriate action on a scale of 0-100 according to the extent of the individuals awareness. In the brain of an individual with ADHD the ability to properly process and engage in the accurate manner. The Adhd brain is incapable of gauging the reaction, instead always being at 0 or 100.

Ian Hymans

Ian Hymans

Answered 9/23/2020 01:21

in the accurate manner is greatly impaired*

Ian Hymans

Ian Hymans

Answered 9/23/2020 04:13

There are various ways of managing this symptom, with and without medication. No one should be shamed for taking medication in order to cope with the world they live in, if they knew better they could do better. To those who have obtained the skills and are thriving without the aid of medication, I applaud you and challenge you to rather than have a negative perception of medication; gain a stronger positive perception of yourself and raise others with you. When you come to understand yourself and relate it to others an entirely new level of existence becomes available to you.

Acharya Christie Bates

Acharya Christie Bates

Answered 10/15/2020 21:37

Most of us have a harder time regulating our response to emotion when our bodies are stressed. People with untreated ADHD can experience bodily stress due to the brain not doing its job in sorting through, filtering and/or prioritizing what stimuli needs attention. The brain/body experiencing sensory input - every sight, sound, taste, touch, smell and thought - as equally important tends to live close to the threshold of tolerance most of the time. Some people with ADHD find that they regulate well enough when they are well-fed and well-rested, because the baseline stress level is not too high to manage. Trauma resolution can also help reduce the baseline stress level, and so can mindfulness training that helps all people manager their response to sensory experience. Even when trained or receiving other supports, though, people with ADHD do well to avoid unnecessary input - so as not to tire out the system - if they want to maximize emotional regulation.