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Listen to “The Flip Side of Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: Tapping Into ADHD Energy & Motivation” with Edward Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D.

Tune in to listen as Edward Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D., highlight the counterpoint to Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) — the soaring enthusiasm and energy of Recognition Responsive Euphoria (RRE). Learn how to tap into RRE and share its gifts.

unhappy beauty girl having bad trouble and getting depression illness sitting on wooden floor daydreaming in white background.
unhappy beauty girl having bad trouble and getting depression illness sitting on wooden floor daydreaming in white background.

Listen to “The Flip Side of Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: Tapping Into ADHD Energy & Motivation” with Edward Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D.

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The ADHD brain is turned up to 11; our neurotransmitters burn bright. On an emotional level, this means we feel the stabbing pain of rejection, frustration, and failure more acutely than do others. On the flip side, we also experience a meaningful and powerful zing of energy and esteem with every word of encouragement, praise, or approval we receive. The smallest gesture can power euphoria — and great accomplishments — for us.

The steep valleys of this emotional rollercoaster are well documented. Dr. William Dodson calls this common attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD) symptom Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, or RSD. To date, however, the soaring peaks of positivity and euphoria have been largely overlooked. This sister syndrome, which I’ve observed in my 69 years of living with ADHD and my 38 years of treating the condition in children and adults, is sweet and wonderful. It’s to be cultured and captured at every turn. It is our great friend, ally, and tool for growth and productivity. I call it “Recognition Responsive Euphoria,” or RRE.

If you have ADHD, and you find that you are low on motivation, energy, and are not working up to your potential, then join Dr. Hallowell and Dr. Ratey and learn how to tap into and get or give Recognition Responsive Euphoria. In this webinar, they will explain all we need to know about RRE, and all we need our teachers, mentors, partners, managers, partners, supervisors, spouses, and others to understand about it and its power to inspire our best work.

Listener testimonials:

  • “Very insightful presentation! Thank you so much! Kudos to both doctors!!”
  • “Thoroughly enjoyed this webinar. Thank you!”
  • “This is very useful information on being positive with children.”
  • “Thank you very much for the encouragement and kind thoughts.|Thank you for your thoughtful research.”

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Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D., and John J. Ratey, M.D., are members of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on November 21, 2019. ADDitude thanks our sponsors for supporting our webinars. Sponsorship has no influence on speaker selection or webinar content.

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Updated on January 31, 2020

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