Surviving the Emotional Tornado of ADHD

emotional tornado of ADHD

The emotional tornado of ADHD is a real thing. It has always been there but we’ve just started talking about more it in recent years.

You’ve probably read about emotional dysregulation or rejection sensitive dysphoria at this point, and you might have recognized the symptoms in yourself.

But what about the tornado of emotions that accompanies the actual diagnosis?

For many people diagnosed as adults, the stages of the emotional tornado might feel similar to the stages of grief.

Denial, Relief, Regret, Sorrow, Anger, Guilt. All the emotions show up.

They say that ignorance is bliss. And sometimes, “knowing” doesn’t make things easier, it makes things more complicated.

Listen in as Rick Green and I discuss the emotional landscape of life after the adhd diagnosis.

In this episode you will hear:

  • After you’ve struggled for so long, the profound to realization that you are NOT alone
  • The “death” of the old you, or who you were before the diagnosis
  • Challenges and barriers to diagnosis
  • The Evolution of Totally ADD
  • The big issue of how ADHD shows up in your life, and your sense of self
  • The stages of dealing with the diagnosis
  • Anger, depression, and feeling things sooooo deeply
  • Staying open to therapy and other support, even when you want to resist
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – that you can apply yourself!
  • Living the ADHD reactive life – and learning the power of the PAUSE
  • Learning to externalize and manage self-talk

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Surviving the emotional tornado of ADHD takes work.

And probably a bit of support.

You cannot hope to conquer your inner voice, and master your executive functions by taking medication. Or even reading books about ADHD.

Managing your mental health and improving your functionality is a long-term project. And we with ADHD are not always good at playing the long-game.

But we can be persistent. We can learn to ask for help when we need it and to practice self-compassion.

As Rick says during our interview, “It’s always gonna come up. (the emotions.) The trick is to get faster at catching it, and not letting it ruin your life.”

ADHD and the impairments that often accompany it do not have to ruin your life. There are lots of resources out there to help you along. Some of which we discussed in this episode and I will link to them below.

I encourage you to check out Rick’s Patreon Page. His tireless dedication to this community needs support so he can create even more great work.

Rick collaborates with all the best experts to produce informative, entertaining content around ADHD. I’m actually kinda jealous about how good it is.

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Also, visit Rick’s store for a HUGE selection of educational materials about ADHD.

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Books I recommend based on this episode: (Affiliate link. See my full disclosure)



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