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Have you ever felt like your emotional reaction is stronger than others? Have difficulty inhibiting responses?
Those living with ADHD tend to feel and display emotions more intensely than those living without ADHD. This can even be related to positive emotions, such as happiness or humor, which can make people with ADHD more interesting and engaging. Although when it comes to negative emotions, such as anger or frustration, it can have the opposite effect.
When the inhibitors in the brain don’t hold back emotional reactions enough, a person can get pulled in by his or her circumstances and react highly emotionally. This weakness in emotional control can create predictable struggles in daily life, such as:
- Showing emotions more strongly.
- Behaving spontaneously when influenced by emotions.
- Losing the big picture.
- Losing the other person’s perspective.
- Impulsively saying something you later regret.
- Difficulty getting and staying motivated for uninteresting tasks.
- Displaying intense anger and frustration that damages relationships.
- Having strong emotional reactions that come and go quickly.
- Impulsively quitting jobs.
Awareness of weaknesses in your emotional response is the first step in working toward a solution. If these emotional self-control issues are a part of your life and you’d like to speak with a counselor, visit kamajensen.com