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Live Webinar on April 26: How Emotional Dysregulation & ADHD Transform Teen Relationships from Messes to Minefields

Not available April 26? Don’t worry. Register now and we’ll send you the replay link to watch at your convenience.Emotional regulation enables us to manage our feelings so we can proactively choose goal-directed responses.

We depend on the brain’s executive functions to help us evaluate the demands of our environment and modify our emotions accordingly. In adolescence, fledgling executive functions emerge inconsistently in the prefrontal cortex, while rapid increases in post-pubertal hormones fuel unpredictable responses.

Even the healthy processes of separation and individuation challenge the limits of emotional control as teens negotiate new terms with parents, teachers, and peers. Today, teens need new tools to help them manage their multiple emotional demands, especially in light of the disorienting and novel anxieties that teens experience daily in pandemic life.The ability to regulate emotions exists on a continuum, and teens with ADHD have been shown to be twice as likely as their neurotypical peers to struggle with emotional dysregulation.

Emotional dysregulation is identified as one of the most common and yet most impairing symptoms for teens with ADHD. Already coping with the low frustration tolerance, mood volatility, and impulsivity typical of ADHD, they are particularly susceptible to the demoralization of negative peer interactions.

Since emotional dysregulation has been shown to decrease the quality of life for teens with ADHD more than ADHD alone, this webinar will offer a better understanding of this core symptom, and its relationship to ADHD. When both parents and teens are better educated and prepared, they can focus on coping with the emotional tsunamis together.Attendees of this webinar will learn

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