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“Deficient Emotional Self-Regulation: The Overlooked ADHD Symptom That Impacts Everything” [Video Replay & Podcast #369]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#369), download the slide presentation, and learn how to get a certificate of attendance for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on August 26, 2021.

Episode Description

ADHD is typically considered a disorder of inattention, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity. However, from the publication of the first medical papers on ADHD in 1798 until the 1970s, emotion was included in the conceptualization of the disorder. Though emotional dysregulation was excluded from the DSM-2 entry for ADHD, research shows that emotional impulsiveness and deficient emotional self-regulation (DESR) — the inability to regulate responses to certain emotions and to avoid overreacting to life situations — are an integral part of ADHD.

Although DESR is excluded from the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ADHD, it has serious negative effects on a person’s daily functioning — everything from a greater risk of having a car accident to never being married to having a lower quality of life. In addition, DESR may worsen other ADHD symptoms and plays a part in several comorbid disorders, especially oppositional defiant disorder. Dr. Barkley will discuss how to determine which aspects of emotional dysregulation stem from ADHD or a comorbid condition. He will also outline the best approach to diagnosing and treating DESR.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • The causes and effects of deficient emotional self-regulation on ADHD
  • Why certain comorbid disorders such as ODD may be rooted in DESR
  • How emotional dysregulation increases the risks of impairments throughout adulthood
  • Effective ways to diagnose and treat DESR

Watch the Video Replay

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Download or Stream the Podcast Audio

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Read More on Emotional Dysregulation

How’s Your Emotional Resilience? Learning to Cope with Intense ADHD Feelings
ADHD in Adults Looks Different. Most Diagnostic Criteria Ignores This Fact.
DESR: Why Deficient Emotional Self-Regulation is Central to ADHD (and Largely Overlooked)

Obtain a Certificate of Attendance

If you attended the live webinar on August 26, 2021, watched the video replay, or listened to the podcast, you may purchase a certificate of attendance option (cost: $10). Note: ADDitude does not offer CEU credits. Click here to purchase the certificate of attendance option »

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and practitioner who has published 23 books, rating scales, and clinical manuals numbering 41 editions.  He has also published more than 270 scientific articles and book chapters related to the nature, assessment, and treatment of ADHD and related disorders. He is the founder and editor of the bimonthly clinical newsletter, The ADHD Report. His websites are www.russellbarkley.org and ADHDLectures.com. |See expert’s full bio »


Listener Testimonials

“I so appreciate a webinar on this topic. It helped me understand my tantrum-filled youth, which led to my lifelong depression. I wish my therapists were more educated about these signs so that I could have been diagnosed sooner than 57.”

“I had NO CLUE that emotional dysregulation was part of ADHD dating back to 1770! This really needed to be talked about. I’m going to share the presentation with my neurodivergent support group and friends and family!”


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