People with ADD tend to feel their emotions more intensely than others, whether it’s excitement, compassion, or anger. While strong reactions and heightened emotions are not listed in the diagnostic criteria, many consider them a hallmark of ADD.
The ADD brain doesn’t function terribly efficiently in terms of inhibition, and emotions tend to come out in full force, or at least be experienced that way internally. When strong reactions are expressed to others, it can lead to alienation, arguments or if you’re lucky, shared sentiments. When reactivity is directed inwards, it can create a whirlwind to navigate.
Experiencing things intensely can be positive. Consider the alternative of being flat and remote; while an extreme comparison, it’s helpful to appreciate the upside. Being highly emotional can be an engaging way to live if you don’t allow it to take over.
Consumed by Feelings
Even pleasant feelings, like excitement, can take you away from your priorities. In general, it takes a lot of energy to deal with strong reactions of any kind, but when they’re upsetting, it can take hours or sometimes days to get back on track.
Learn to separate your feelings from the need to act or respond immediately; at a later time you can consider possible responses. In the moment, pause and step back. By detaching just a bit, you can look at the situation from afar, as if you’re an outside observer, and be in a better position to respond calmly.[…] Continue Reading