Why We Feel So Intensely: Understanding ADHD Emotions

Anger, outbursts, anxiety, irritability, impatience: more than most people, ADHDers can be driven by emotions.

Processing Emotion: A Brain Thing

Challenges with emotions start in the brain itself. Sometimes the working memory impairments of ADHD allow a momentary emotion to become too strong, flooding the brain with one intense emotion. At other times, the person with ADHD seems insensitive or unaware of the emotions of others. Brain connectivity networks carrying information related to emotion seem to be somewhat more limited in individuals with ADHD.
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