ADHD and Emotions: What You Need to Know

At a Glance

  • Kids with ADHD feel the same emotions as their peers.
  • Emotions are more intense with ADHD and impact everyday living.
  • ADHD makes it hard to manage emotions.

If your child has ADHD, you probably know about the major symptoms. Trouble focusing. Impulsivity. And in some cases, hyperactivity. But many kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) share another symptom that often isn’t mentioned. They have trouble managing their emotions.

There are official criteria that doctors use to diagnose ADHD. Trouble with emotions isn’t one of them. But researchers and professionals who treat kids with ADHD often report that emotions play a big role in the daily difficulties kids face.

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