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Emotional dysregulation is a significant hallmark of ADHD. If you have ADHD, you experience emotions, just like another person. However, emotions may be more intense than other people and may also last longer and occur more frequently.

Research suggests that the difficulty self-regulate in cognitive functions also applies to emotions. As such, if you have ADHD, you may be prone to suffering from depression, psychological distress, and also struggle to place emotions in context.

The emotional dysregulation may lead to problems with families, friends, and seniors. You may also struggle to cope with regret, loss, and frustration. Learning how to regulate emotions while living with ADHD is, therefore, important.

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Emotions for People with ADHD

Emotions are signals for your body. You go through different situations that trigger different emotional responses and, consequently, different reactions. The triggers can be external, such as another person commenting on your shoes, or internal, such as you judging your performance. The emotional response to a situation can vary depending on how much attention you give.

If a situation is important to you, you may react severely to it, but if it’s not, you can ignore it. The intensity and duration of the emotion largely depend on your ability to self-regulate. Factors such as depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, stress, and habits also affect how you react.

Sometimes, when triggered, you may activate the fight or flight mechanism. This is a protective mechanism that kicks in when you are in danger. In that state, your blood pressure and heart rate rise rapidly, glucose moves to the muscles and heart, the muscles get tense and non-essential functions such as digestion and immunity stop. These are only physical manifestations of what is happening psychologically.

Over a long period of going through similar physical and emotional reactions every day, you may slip into depression and anxiety. When experiencing negative emotions, it’s not easy to create healthy interpersonal and social relationships. It’s essential to learn self-regulatory skills to control emotions.

 

Emotional problems with ADHD
Emotional Problems that Comes with ADHD

 

Managing Stress

Learning how to regulate stress is essential for anyone with ADHD. This is because stress triggers other ADHD symptoms by making changes to the brain. It’s impossible to experience a life without stress, but with the right skills, you can maintain stress to a certain level.

You can achieve this by regulating the number of stressful situations you handle every day. Delegating activities at work and home is one way to reduce stress. It’s also helpful to take time and try to think about your reaction to a situation. By practicing being mindful, you may realize that you’re overthinking a situation.

Planning and organizing activities for each day, depending on their urgency, can help regulate your life and, in turn, keep stress away. By knowing that you have time spaced out for most activities, you can avoid stress caused by forgetfulness.

Seek Social Support

Support from friends and family is vital for mental health. A person you can trust to help out when things are tough is a great way to regulate emotions. They can listen to you and also offer a solution to the problem. However, socializing doesn’t have to be through talking therapy. You can play together, take trips, hike or sing together.

 

Eating Well

The food you consume heavily influences your moods. When you eat, you provide fuel for your brain to operate. What you eat and when you eat affects your moods, and may trigger your ADHD symptoms.

Diets that are high in processed sugar cause rapid spikes in your blood sugar, which results in emotional mood swings. Avoiding processed foods and eating for whole foods, fresh fruits, whole grains, legumes, plain yogurt, and fermented foods work better for your body, and improves your emotional regulation.

 

How to cure emotional disturbance caused by ADHD
How to Treat Emotional Disturbance with ADHD

 

Besides minding what you eat, you should also watch when you eat. It’s important to have regular meals to ensure that you have a steady boost of energy. Drinking water, not skipping meals, and exercising regularly also helps with emotional regulation.

Therapy

Undergoing different types of therapy treatments can help you deal with interpersonal relationships and find practical solutions for emotional problems. By talking about problems with therapists, you can find a suitable solution that you can work towards. When you have a more practical approach to social interactions and emotions, you can try to regulate yourself.

Medication

Treating ADHD through medication can also help regulate emotions. Amphetamines and methylphenidate prove beneficial for emotional regulation by boosting dopamine levels, which helps with motivation, attention, and movement. Usually, ADHD medication regulates ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattentiveness, and impulsivity. When impulsivity is under control, it becomes easier to control emotions and avoid shifting from one emotion to another suddenly. Being attentive can also help you consider your thoughts and actions. However, the medication isn’t an automatic cure, and alternative forms of treatment may help more with emotional regulation.

 

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Conclusion

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If you or a loved one have ADHD, managing the symptoms is a top priority. Sometimes, it can be hard to regain control, especially if you’re mentally stressed or anxious. In such moments you may wonder, “Does stress and anxiety trigger ADHD?” Since you’re bound to interact with potentially stressful and anxious situations, understanding the interaction of these three conditions is crucial. In this article, we address the relationship between stress, anxiety, and ADHD.

 

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ADHD and Stress

Research has proven that the early years of a child’s growth are crucial to proper development. The brain forms patterns and pathways according to the experiences it’s exposed to. When children experience touch, contact, and affection in their early stages of growth between birth and 18 months, they experience healthy emotional development, which may carry on to adulthood.

Unfortunately, traumatic events, which include neglect, abuse, violence, or deprivation, may occur during childhood. These situations lead to development problems, which often cause negative patterns in social behavior and increase the risk of developing ADHD.

For example, studies show that children with parents that divorced are twice more likely to undergo ADHD treatments, while those from low-income families on welfare are more likely to be on ADHD medication by 135 percent. There’s also evidence that children born by mothers suffering from mental health problems such as depression and anxiety are more likely to have ADHD.

 

Conditions that comes with ADHD
Medical Conditions Have Commonly Been Observed with ADHD

 

Usually, chronic stress on the brain results in changes in brain function. The natural response is to release more stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to create a fight-or-flight mechanism. In this mode, the body naturally directs resources towards the muscles and functions around the immune system, libido, and appetite shut down.

The result is an unhealthy development of distorted biochemistry. Consequently, the brain cannot stop itself from triggering more stress hormones, which ultimately affects the brain’s development and function.

The primary memory center of the brain, which is the hippocampus, bears a significant part of the damage. Since little sugar is dedicated to memory functions, the short term memory is affected. As a result, stress for a person with ADHD affects their ability to retain memories. An affected person may find it challenging to remember activities and instructions, which can cause problems in their social and academic life.

 

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As cortisol levels rise, they affect the production of serotonin- which is responsible for regulating the body’s circadian rhythm, temperature, pain, and sleep. Without proper rest and disrupted body function, you suffer further stress. As such, if you suffer from stress and ADHD, symptoms of impulsivity may be hard to control. Other problems, such as difficulty in staying organized and irritability, may also frequently present themselves.

ADHD and Anxiety

ADHD and anxiety disorders are commonly entwined. More than 50% of people with ADHD often struggle with anxiety. The anxiety could include general anxiousness, panic, and social phobia. Research suggests that ADHD and anxiety have a similar genetic makeup, which may simultaneously increase the occurrence of both conditions.

Anxiety, in itself, can impair your ability to function in society. If you suffer from anxiety, you may often find yourself in constant panic and fear, which may inhibit your ability to stay organized and environmentally aware since your energy is directed towards muscles.

If you have ADHD, executive functions such as organization and regulation are already affected. Adding anxiety to the situation exacerbates the symptoms. Interestingly, however, ADHD may also cause anxiety. If you feel that you cannot perform an activity sufficiently because you cannot focus, or stay organized, you’re likely to become anxious when required to perform specific tasks.

 

medical problems that comes with ADHD
Problems that Arise from ADHD

 

There are different types of anxiety besides general anxiety disorder. Social anxiety causes you to feel embarrassed and stressed about performing activities in a social setting or interacting with others. Some people may also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially after undergoing traumatic events.

As earlier mentioned, if these traumatic events happen in your childhood, they can influence the likelihood of developing ADHD since the body is always in a fight-or-flight state. As the body stays in this anxious state, the cognitive functions of the brain are affected.

It, therefore, is easy to trigger ADHD symptoms through anxiety. Focusing on activities, a general difficulty in social situations, irritability, and difficulty in regulating emotions, withdrawal, and obsession with specific activities may all happen due to anxiety.

 

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A Common Ground

While ADHD, stress, and anxiety are different conditions, they often overlap. As such, the management of one situation could affect others positively. For instance, if you sort treatment for ADHD to help you function better, finish activities, focus, and enjoy better sleep, there’s a chance that your stress and anxiety will also decrease.

However, since you cannot wholly avoid stressful and anxious situations, it’s essential to seek help and understand how to cope. Coping mechanisms are crucial because having ADHD could stress you or make you anxious, while stress and anxiety can also trigger your ADHD.

Conclusion 

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Are you an adult suffering from ADHD?  Just how common is it for adults to suffer from this condition in the United States?   In the United States, 8 to 9 million adults or 6.8 percent have difficulties being successful in life because they suffer from symptoms of ADHD.

Of these, only as many as 10.9 percent are receiving treatment. Why? Adults suffering from ADHD all too often can hide their ADHD symptoms.  Furthermore, 2 to 8 percent of students attending college self-report ADHD symptoms.  What are the symptoms college students and other adults report?

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Symptoms of ADHD

  • Constantly Feeling Disorganized: Do you feel as if you must get organized?  Do you have difficulty sticking to a routine for only 2 to 3 days?  Perhaps you should try ADHD prescription drugs to build a routine.
  • Do You Worry A Lot and Feel Anxious? Do you worry all the time?  If so, you must feel stress all too often.  If others do not believe you should worry, why do you?
  • Do You Become Angry Easily?  A person suffering from ADHD will often demonstrate anger when there is no reason to be angry.  They often want to have things their way.  They will become devious and cunning if they do not have things their way.  Do you often have mood swings and get angry easily?  If so, you may be suffering from symptoms of ADHD.
  • Managing Your Time is a Common Symptom of ADHD.  Do you often skip those household chores until things pile up?  Do you miss deadlines at work?
  • Are You an Obsessive Person?  You may overuse a drug such as marijuana.  Another possibility is you may become dependent on alcohol or cigarettes.  ADHD may cause you to be overly dependent on a sport such as a basketball or racing.  These are all symptoms of ADHD and often become crutches for the person.
  • Do You Often Forget Things or Daydream Often?  If you do, you may be demonstrating a passive behavior that is the opposite of hyperactivity.
  • Do You Often Feel Restless?  All of or many of the symptoms previously mentioned may cause a person suffering from ADHD to feel restless and agitated.

 

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How to Treat ADHD Naturally

 

What is Next?

Due to the above symptoms, you suspect that you are a person with ADHD.  You should seek help.  First of all, you should find out whether your suspicions are correct.

You have heard that as many as 4.4 percent of the U.S. population of adults are suffering from this condition.  In addition, only 10.9 percent of adults with this condition are receiving treatment.  This is most likely because the diagnostic criteria for ADHD were developed for children.  Furthermore, adults with this condition have managed to hide their symptoms.  ADHD among adults grew to an increase of 123 percent between 2007 and 2016.

Due to the above reasons, it may be time for you to find out whether you are one of the adults with this condition.  You may be thinking, “How do I do that?”.  Simply put, it is time for you to have yourself tested to determine whether you are one of the adults suffering from this disorder.  If you do have an ADHD condition, there are many approaches available to you.

If you are suffering from this condition, you should realize at this point that you need help.  A healthy lifestyle may help you.  For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Make sure you work out for at least 60 minutes every day.
  • You should make sure you eat a healthy diet every day.  That means you should include fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins in your daily diet.
  • Limit your screen time.  Screen time may be time watching TV or time you spend on a computer.
  • You should sleep every night for at least 8 hours.
  • Spend time outdoors every day.
  • Meditation may help.

 

Effective ADHD Medications
Most Effective ADHD Medications

 

Possible Treatments

  • Stimulants Such as Amphetamine and Stimulant Free Medications Such as Antidepressants: Coupled with behavior therapy and counseling, you can deal with the conditions of the side effects of the prescribed drugs.  ADHD doctors will consider your health background before prescribing medications.
  • An Individualized Program: The ADHD doctors will take into consideration your health conditions before prescribing medications.

 

In Conclusion

You most likely know at this point whether you should consider the effects of an ADHD condition making your life difficult.  You should know the symptoms of an ADHD condition.  Not only do you know the symptoms, but you also know the individualized possible treatments that might be best for you.

Do you think you need help to deal with your suffering from an ADHD condition?  If so, at EzCare Clinic you will receive a professional diagnosis from expert ADHD doctors.  Call to schedule an appointment at (415) 966-0848 or schedule online.  They are open 7 days a week from 11 am to 7 pm.

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