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Listen to “All the Feels: An ADHD Guide to Emotional Dysregulation and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria” with William W. Dodson, M.D.

People with ADHD feel emotions more intensely, more frequently, and more suddenly. In fact, one third of adults with ADHD name this as the most impairing aspect of the condition. Tune in to learn more about out-of-control emotions from William W. Dodson, M.D.

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Asian women are sitting hugging their knees in bed. Feeling sad, disappointed and depress in the dark bedroom and sunlight from the window through the blinds with freehand tangle doodle drawing.

Listen to “All the Feels: An ADHD Guide to Emotional Dysregulation and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria” with William W. Dodson, M.D.

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People with ADHD feel emotions more intensely, more frequently, and more suddenly. For many, emotional dysregulation is one of the most challenging core symptoms of ADHD to manage. In fact, one third of adults with ADHD say the inability to manage their emotions is the most impairing aspect of their ADHD, adversely affecting work performance and personal relationships.

Among the biggest emotional challenges facing adults with ADHD is Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, an extreme sensitivity to criticism and judgment that seems to exist only in those diagnosed with the disorder. The good news is that certain ADHD medications can relieve RSD for about half of people diagnosed with it.

In this episode, learn:

  • Why emotional dysregulation is now considered a primary and fundamental feature of ADHD at all stages in the life cycle
  • How out-of-control emotions undermine relationships, self-confidence, and a strong sense of self
  • Why Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria may be unique to people with ADHD
  • How cognitive behavioral techniques and dialectical behavior therapy can manage emotional dysregulation at all ages
  • The go-to medications that can prevent emotional impulsivity

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Listener testimonials:

  • “Excellent, excellent, excellent! After attending this webinar, I immediately wanted to listen to the replay!”
  • “Dr. Dodson, I cannot thank you enough. The impact of meeting someone who understands, at age 59, is profound. All best wishes.”
  • “This was amazing. I feel so affirmed, and inspired to seek treatment. Thank you!”
  • “Dr. Dodson is an excellent resource and I’ve learned from every webinar he’s given.”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

William W. Dodson, M.D., is a member of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

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Updated on November 14, 2019

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  1. These webinars have really helped me understand my ADHD much better. Dr. Dobson’s webinars are very informative, and I know why at times I have issues controlling my anger.

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