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5 Practical Tips for Dealing With Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

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I’ve always found that the hardest part of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD), which is an intense or heightened sensitivity towards perceived rejection.

It’s not the executive dysfunction, the lack of memory, or the susceptibility to distraction — it’s the overwhelming reaction and fixation on something that may or may not even exist.

Because I know RSD is “all in my head” — meaning that I can logically recognize that my friends or loved ones don’t actually hate me or want nothing to do with me — I find that I have to get creative with ways to reassure myself that I’m not being rejected since what I feel and what I logically know to be true don’t match up.

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