• Emotional Health

    Emotional Withdrawal as a Coping Mechanism

    It can be difficult to explain the struggles of being a woman/girl with ADHD. We struggle with organization, forgetfulness, staying on task, picking up on social cues, just to name a few. It’s not always easy for girls to feel as though they fit in with their peers. It can also be a challenge as girls become women with ADHD. So, in order to protect ourselves from rejection, bullying, or any other negative situation, we try to find ways to cope. One way is emotional withdrawal. We do this by bottling up our emotions, or pretending we don’t care, for instance. Girls with ADHD may learn this coping mechanism at…

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    Emotional Health

    More emotional self-awareness

    Emotions are things that we all experience as humans. It’s part of life. We may not always like having them or dealing with them, but they’re still there and one way or another should be faced. No matter who you have, whether you have ADHD or not, a learning disability or not, you’re going to feel something at some point during the day. Just like everyone else on the planet. As someone with ADHD, I know it’s difficult to handle emotions, especially considering that we feel our emotions really strongly and there are times we can’t always control our emotions, such as our anger. Impulse control is a struggle. I…

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    ADHD/ADD,  Emotional Health

    Emotional Dysregulation

    Individuals with ADHD tend to feel emotions more intensely than those who don’t have ADHD. It also seems that not only do we feel more deeply, but we also struggle with regulating our emotions. Many with ADHD, both kids, teens and adults, often have difficulty controlling their anger, frustration, and other emotions. We feel both positive and negative emotions very intensely and sometimes we can’t control our outbursts of emotions. This emotional (dys)regulation is often overlooked. Perhaps because we focus more on the more common/well-known symptoms of ADHD, like poor memory, hyperactivity, and distractibility. Several researches are starting to show the connection between ADHD and emotional regulation. It seems to…

  • ADHD/ADD

    A moment of shame

    Shame is something that many of us have felt at one point or another. It’s an emotion, and as humans, we’re pretty much all programmed to have emotions and feel them. It all starts from the moment we’re born and pretty much goes on until we die. As individuals with ADHD/ADD, we feel shame too. We know all too well what it is. Since our brain is wired differently, we struggle with so much, such as being late for work or picking up the kids or to an appointment, losing/misplacing keys/phones/wallets, handing in assignments late, struggling to complete a task or project, and the list just goes on. None of…

  • Emotional Health

    Facing my Emotions

    Sometimes it can be so easy to avoid diving into our emotions, why we feel a certain way, why we feel a certain about ourselves, just to name a few things. It can be easy to be on autopilot and avoid our feelings and the reasons behind them. I am definitely guilty of this. Avoiding why I feel a certain way, why I think a certain way about myself, and all that. However, over the last few months, I have realized how unhealthy it is. I’ve started to really do some personal development, work on myself, and really change and face my emotions. I’ve avoided thinking/accepting my ADHD, how I…

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    Connecting with your emotions

    Sometimes, dealing with your emotions isn’t always easy. When you have ADHD/ADD, it can pose some extra challenges. Like every human beings, children and adults with ADHD/ADD have so many different emotions. After all, we’re human too. We have feelings just like everyone else. However, the way we experience them is quite different. Our brain isn’t neurotypical. The way our brain processes emotions is quite different. For instance, we know we shouldn’t start throwing things when we’re upset. It’s s something that we all know, and we all learn this when we’re little. However, there are times when our brains just reacts and we do it anyway. The part of…

  • Emotional Health

    The emotional side of ADHD

    Just like everyone else, those of us with ADHD/ADD have emotions of our own. We are human beings too, after all. Nothing unusual about having emotions and feelings. However, there is a difference with how we feel our emotions. The way we feel them and express them may be slightly different from how others do. Those of you who are reading this and do have ADHD/ADD know what I’m talking about it. You experience this first hand. For those of you who don’t, I will try to explain as best as I can. ADHD/ADD affects so many different aspects of our lives. This obviously includes our emotions, and it affects…

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    That feeling of failure

    Here’s a feeling that we all have. Most of us may feel this sense of failure at one point in our lives or at another. Let’s face it, it happens. However, when someone has ADHD/ADD, it is different. We tend to fail more than our non-ADHD/ADD or neurotypical counterparts. Not that others don’t, but we just face and deal with failure and what comes with it more often. Studies have shown that ADHDers/ADDers receive so many more negative messages than their non-ADHD/ADD counterparts. We might feel it while we’re at school, when we fail a test, after studying really hard for it, or when we miss a deadline and submit…

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    That kind of emotional week, huh?

    Well, yes, it kind of has been. It hasn’t been the easiest week for me. I have been feeling emotionally low. I can’t really say how it started, as nothing really happen for me to start feeling this way. I just started feeling low over the weekend. It wasn’t something someone said or did. It just happened. But then the work week started. And I did make some mistakes. Nothing major, but things that could be avoided. I wasn’t paying as close attention as I should have. I wasn’t getting all the info or the right ones. I wasn’t maybe taking as much time to understand something as I should…

  • Emotional Health

    Emotions

    Happiness. Anger. Sadness. Content. Emotions. We all have them. It’s all part of being human. No matter who we are, we will have feelings. From the moment we are born until the day we die. This is a given to many, if not all, of us. Absolutely normal. It’s something that a lot of us learn early on. How many of us have heard from others that it’s normal to feel the way we’re feeling? Many of us have probably heard this as toddlers from parents, grandparents, or whomever we were with at the time. I know I have. And I know tell my kids the same thing. Yes, having…