UNDERSTANDING ADHD AND EMOTIONS

As we begin to understand Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and emotions we become aware of the complexities and can’t deny the significant impact emotions play in the lives of those with ADHD. If you think you or a loved might have ADHD you can take a ADHD Symptoms test online, always seek medical support.
As you may have experienced or witnessed, people with ADHD experience emotions intensely. They don’t just feel; they feel deeply and profoundly. The sadness can be overwhelmingly intense, while happiness is over the moon excited. Many people with ADHD share that they grapple with Rejection Sensitivity Disorder, where perceived criticism or rejection can feel just as crushing as “real” rejection. Disappointment may lead to a downward spiral into a sudden depression that can last several days. Sometimes just the thought of failure can be so paralyzing that individuals with ADHD are hesitant to even attempt anything that success isn’t guaranteed.
Emotions and ADHD aren’t all bad! ADHD is often associated with negative emotions but  people with ADHD can also experience heightened positive emotions like enthusiasm, creativity, and intense passion in areas of interest. This often can lead to a state of hyper focus. Which refers to an intense fixation on an interest or activity for an extended period of time. People who experience hyper focus often become so engaged that they unknowingly block out the world around them and lose the sense of time.
Once an emotion starts or takes hold it can be extremely hard to control and shift one’s attention off the emotions, this is believed to be in part because the executive function challenges those with ADHD experience. What we tend to see is that the emotion’s intensity floods a person’s experience which can become very overwhelming making it very hard for someone to control their words and actions. People with ADHD cannot always predict what might trigger intense emotions. The good news is that over time, with practice we can begin to understand that our feelings aren’t something we need to fix, we need to feel them and learn from them.
Jennie Allen shares, feelings aren’t something to fix; they are something to feel. As we discover how to name and navigate our emotions, we’ll learn how they can draw us closer to the God who built us—soul, mind, and heart.
Emotions serve as signals, guiding us through life’s ups and downs. While individuals with ADHD may experience emotions more intensely or struggle with emotional regulation, it’s crucial to recognize that emotions are not a flaw in design but rather a deliberate aspect of our humanity. In fact, from a spiritual perspective, one can argue that emotions are a gift from God, bestowed upon us for a purpose.
Emotions prompt us to pause, reflect, and connect with our deeper selves and shed light on what we are currently experiencing. Thus, for individuals with ADHD, who may navigate a turbulent sea of emotions, understanding the purpose behind these feelings can be profoundly empowering.
GOD’S INTENTIONAL DESIGN BECOMES APPARENT WHEN WE RECOGNIZE THAT EMOTIONS ARE BAROMETERS OF OUR INNER WORLD.
They alert us to unmet needs, unresolved conflicts, and areas for personal growth. For someone with ADHD, whose attention may dart from one stimulus to another, emotions act as anchors, grounding us in the present moment and prompting self-awareness.
Many believe that emotions are part of the human experience designed by God to help us navigate life, form connections with others, and understand ourselves better. They can serve as guides, signaling important moments, lessons, and connections. Additionally, emotions allow us to experience empathy, compassion, love, and other aspects of our spiritual and relational lives.
Moreover, emotions foster empathy and compassion, which are central to many spiritual teachings. Through experiencing a wide range of emotions, people with ADHD can develop a deeper understanding of others struggles and connect with them on a profound level with compassion and empathy. This enriches and deepens their relationships and connections. 
Although navigating the sometimes very “turbulent” waters of emotions and ADHD can be challenging, you don’t have to do it alone! It requires patience, self-compassion, strategies, and sometimes professional support. I encourage you to download my Bible Journaling with ADHD resource. Intentionally focusing on keeping God at the center through mindfulness, prayer, community and reflection can offer peace and guidance amidst emotional storms.
DESPITE THE CHALLENGES ASSOCIATED WITH ADHD AND MANAGING EMOTIONS, PEOPLE WITH ADHD ARE EXTREMELY CAPABLE OF DEVELOPING RESILIENCE AND LEARNING HOW TO NAVIGATE THEIR EMOTIONS WHILE EMBRACING THAT EMOTIONS ARE A GIDT FROM GOD THAT CAN DRAW US CLOSER TO HIM.
Understanding the connection between ADHD and emotions is a significant aspect of understanding our unique design and the God-inspired purpose behind our emotions.

 

 


 
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