ADHD and Mood Swings: What You Need to Know

At a Glance

  • Kids with ADHD often feel emotions more intensely than other kids.
  • Trouble managing emotions can lead to moodiness and mood swings.
  • There are ways you can help your child recognize and regulate his emotions.

Kids with ADHD (also known as ADD) often struggle with managing their emotions. For some, that can mean mood swings that leave their parents, teachers and friends wondering what caused such a swift change in attitude and behavior.

It may not take much, however, to set the pendulum in motion. Here’s an example of an ADHD mood swing. A child who’s been happily playing outside comes in for lunch. As he sits down, he accidentally spills his milk. In that instant, he becomes angry and frustrated, and his mood totally changes.

He spends the afternoon indoors, being grumpy and difficult. Or not. It’s also possible that within 10 minutes, he’s in good spirits again and back outside having fun.

Learn why some kids with ADHD have frequent mood swings, and how you can help your child stay on a more even keel.

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