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ADHD and Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria

by | Sep 21, 2023 | ADHD Strengths & Challenges, Wellbeing | 0 comments

Did you know that 100% of people with ADHD have rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD)?


Today, we’re going to dive into a topic that might resonate with some of you: ADHD and Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria, often referred to as RSD. While it’s not an official diagnosis, it’s something that many people with ADHD experience. In this blog post, we’ll explore what RSD is, how it relates to ADHD, and most importantly, how you can empower yourself to navigate it with confidence and strength.


What is Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria

You might be wondering, “What exactly is this RSD thing?” Well, it’s not a formal diagnosis, but it’s a common and significant aspect of emotional experiences for those with ADHD. ADHD and rejection sensitivity dysphoria has a huge impact on the life of someone with ADHD.  Essentially, RSD is a brain-based symptom that’s likely innate to ADHD. It can make everyday social interactions feel really intense and sometimes overwhelming..

The Emotional Rollercoaster of RSD

Imagine feeling like your emotions are on a rollercoaster, and the ride is turned up to max speed. That’s what RSD can be like. When faced with situations that seem like rejection, criticism, or teasing, the emotional intensity can feel like a wound. It’s important to remember that this response might feel much bigger than the actual event..

Understanding the Connection to ADHD

RSD is particularly relevant for those with ADHD, especially in teenagers. It’s a common but often under-researched and misunderstood symptom. While it’s not officially diagnosed, recognizing and understanding RSD can be a game-changer in how you approach and manage your emotions.

It Is Not Caused by Trauma

One thing to keep in mind is that RSD isn’t caused by trauma. It’s a brain-based response that’s part and parcel of having ADHD. Knowing this can help you separate your feelings from past experiences and focus on building strategies to cope with RSD.

Empowering Yourself to Thrive with RSD

If you’re reading this and thinking, “Hey, this sounds like something I go through,” know that you’re not alone. Many teenagers with ADHD experience RSD, and there are ways to navigate it with strength and resilience. It’s about finding what works for you, whether it’s seeking support from trusted adults, practicing self-care, or learning specific coping strategies.

Remember, you are strong, capable, and worthy of understanding and managing your emotions. You’ve got this! 💪✨


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If you want to learn some more about RSD then click the link to this useful article


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