The ADHD brain feels emotions to the extreme. Worry becomes crippling anxiety in a blink. Frustration triggers red hot anger. And months of living through an isolating, uncertain pandemic — compounded by gruesome reminders of pervasive racism and nationwide protests for justice and police reform — leads to almost universal overwhelm and exhaustion. Read the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS It takes you forever to do the simplest tasks. Why can’t you be more productive? Faster? Smarter? Better? No one will hire you. You always mess up important opportunities. No one likes your ideas. No one likes you. When these thoughts run through our minds, we assume they’re true-blue truths. And we […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Elizabeth Broadbent I feel personally attacked more than most people do. The sharp tips of criticism gut me open. Even the anticipation of rejection can paralyze me. And when it does, I’m tough to live with, tough to calm, tough to help. Here is how Rejection Sensitivity challenges my most important relationships, and what […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Caroline Buzanko We can’t (and shouldn’t) protect our children from every stressor that may overwhelm them, but we can use gratitude, pride, and compassion to help them build resilience. Here is a simple but effective 3-pronged approach to improving emotional regulation. Read the full article.Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Terry M. Dickson The emotional impulsivity of ADHD can make it easier to fly off the handle, or blurt out hurtful things. Recognize the signs of approaching anger, and use these tips to disarm and manage out-of-control feelings. Read the full articleContinue Reading... No Comments.
By New Life Outlook Everyone copes with anxiety, anger, and impatience from time to time, but attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) tends to magnify those emotions. In some cases, your changing moods can interfere with your job, home life, or friendships, which can make you feel helpless or demoralized. Obviously, this is no way to live your […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Many adults with ADHD feel shame. A bottomless, all-encompassing shame. They feel shame for having ADHD in the first place. They feel shame for procrastinating or not being as productive as they think they “should” be. They feel shame for forgetting things too quickly. They feel shame for missing deadlines or […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By James M. Ochoa, LPC There’s a lot of helpful information for people with ADHD — about medication and diagnoses, about how to get things done or finished faster, how to feel more confident about your decisions. The problem is that we can’t use the information until we confront the fallout from the stress of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Stacey Nelson Jacob Edward, 10, paints a clay plate he made in his past four art therapy sessions. He dips his brush into the cup of silvery black paint he has mixed, and dabs it into the cracks of the clay. Jacob’s breathing and brush strokes start to quicken. He seems anxious. I ask […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
By Sandy Maynard Do you lash out when your spouse reminds you — nicely — to take out the dog or pick up a gallon of milk? Do you fly off the handle when the boss asks you to turn in the next assignment on time? I know many people who do, including myself. In […]Continue Reading... No Comments.