My Forum Comments
RSD is an attitude. It’s a habit of rejecting yourself pre-emptively, before anyone can reject you. Because this self imposed rejection feels less terrible than actual rejection. But to get like this, you probably did experience a lot of very real rejection. Every declaration of love from someone with RSD starts with “I know you’d never want me, but … “
I deal with RSD and I find that the traditional avenues of confidence building help more than anything, such as being very fit and working out a lot. Developing genuine expertise at something is also very beneficial. Anything you can take pride in will help. I don’t think you’ll ever find a medication for RSD, because you need to address the reasons for your RSD, which are real.
The only times I’ve effectively diminished my RSD problems is when I’ve been confident about my appearance.
I find this behaviour very strange, why would anyone get angry over a gift? Nor do I think someone is “entitled” to feel this way, people with ADD need to learn to control and fight their amygdala rooted impulses such as anger. Because we get angry at stupid things.