ADHD and Shame: Why We Feel It, and How to Manage It

Shame can be a huge — and devastating — part of the ADHD experience. Managing shame isn’t easy, but don’t worry — it is possible! Success depends on your ability to move past mistakes and love yourself unconditionally.

Shame and ADHD

Living with ADHD can feel like a constant stream of apologies: we’re sorry we’re late, sorry we lost our keys, sorry we can’t keep the house neat — no matter how hard we try. If you have ADHD — especially if you were diagnosed late in your life — these endless apologies and self-blame may have added up to a crippling sense of shame. If you won’t even look in your purse anymore because you’re tortured by how disorganized it is, you may have a problem controlling your shame.
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