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The Emotionality of ADHD

ADHD makes us feel happy one moment, and then sad the next — furious, and then calm. In this video, Linda Roggli, PCC, discusses how that roller coaster of emotional overreaction affects adults with the condition.

“I’m a grown-up but my emotional outbursts make me feel like a child. It’s hard to be taken seriously.”

The emotional dysregulation of ADHD is all about extremes, and going from one extreme emotion to another. It’s about being happy, and then sad. It’s about being furious, and then not-so-furious. The roller coaster of feelings can be very difficult to manage internally, and in relationships with others.

When relationships suffer, it’s easy to internalize the judgement of others, and become ashamed of who we are as a person. It’s an ADHD trait that contributes greatly to the condition.

In the video, from her ADDitude webinar titled “The Adult Guide to Shedding ADHD Shame,” Linda Roggli, PCC, explains how our extreme emotions can make us feel ashamed.

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4. Download 15 Ways to Disarm (and Understand) Explosive ADHD Emotions
5. Watch How ADHD Amplifies Emotions
6. Read After the Shame: How to Re-Center Your Bruised Emotions
7. Listen to  “Emotions and ADHD: What Clinicians Need to Know for Accurate Diagnosis” with William Dodson, M.D.