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How to Navigate Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria in Your Relationship

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As an individual with ADHD who is dating someone who also has ADHD, rejection-sensitive dysphoria (RSD) plays a consistent role in our interactions.

We’re both hypersensitive to rejection, but the benefit is the fact that we understand it — meaning we understand each other’s thought processes; behavioral responses; and what to do about it, both as the individual experiencing rejection-sensitive dysphoria or as the other person when your partner is experiencing RSD.

The thing is, navigating rejection-sensitive dysphoria in a relationship is a two-person effort. It takes clear communication from both partners, the ability to ask for and to offer reassurance, and the patience and willingness to work through misunderstandings.

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