RSD is one of the most disruptive manifestations of emotional dysregulation — a common but often misunderstood symptom of ADHD, particularly in adults. RSD is a brain-based phenomenon that is likely an innate feature of ADHD. Though the experience of RSD can be painful and even traumatic, it is not thought to be caused by trauma.Just about every person with ADHD experiences rejection sensitivity, says psychiatrist William Dodson, M.D. He says that what triggers this pain is the perception, real or imagined, of being:[Self-Test: Do I Have RSD?]According to Dr.
Dodson, the resulting emotional pain can feel catastrophic to some people with rejection sensitive dysphoria. After an episode, it can take a while for someone with RSD to get back on their feet.RSD only compounds the emotional dysregulation problems that make it difficult for people with ADHD to manage their moods and cope with painful emotions. These tips may help improve emotional regulation:Some people living with ADHD and RSD shield themselves against failure by giving up, unless quick success is guaranteed.
If this sounds familiar, use these tips to help you counter a fear of failure:Life is a journey and we’re happiest when we’re on it, not when it’s over. Relish every moment.SUPPORT ADDITUDE Thank you for reading ADDitude. To support our mission of providing ADHD education and support, please consider subscribing.
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