ADHD and Anger: What You Need to Know

At a Glance

  • It’s not uncommon for children with ADHD to struggle with anger.
  • Kids with ADHD may have trouble with impulsivity or expressing their emotions, which can lead to angry outbursts.
  • Noticing your child’s triggers is a good first step to helping your child manage anger.

If your child has ADHD and also goes through frequent episodes of anger, you may not think the two could be related. But temper flare-ups are common with ADHD. These episodes aren’t just unpleasant—they can have lingering consequences.

Kids with ADHD often find themselves in stressful situations created by their attention issues. They may be highly sensitive, but they may also have a hard time expressing their emotions. So when they have an angry outburst they may feel bad about it long after you’ve moved on.

Here are some reasons why your child with ADHD might be struggling with anger, and how you can help her handle this difficult emotion.

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