ADHD & Anger – What is it?
Take average, everyday anger. Now multiply it by 10,000. Then, let it vanish as suddenly as it erupts. That’s what life can be like for adults and children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Why do I need to work on anger issues?
The costs of anger are severe. ADHD-driven rage can ruin relationships, careers, and the health of everyone involved. The good news is, there are simple strategies to turn down the emotion and prevent outbursts from happening.
What will this 41-minute video give me?
13 ADHD specialists explain:
- Why the frustration and sensory overload from ADHD triggers sudden, unexpected rage in adults and tantrums in children.
- How to ration your willpower, so you can pause, and choose a better reaction.
- Strategies to combat ADHD anger – from well-timed snacks to exercise and mindfulness.
- The power of ADHD medication to interrupt anger before it escalates.
“At its worst violent behavior, you end up in jail…someone cuts you off in traffic and you chase them down…you could end up dead. This is high stakes.”
Dr. Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. Child and Adult Psychiatrist
Author: Driven to Distraction
What do doctors say about anger and ADHD?
“The essence of living with ADHD is that big things and little things tend to go wrong all the time. We’re dealing with someone who by virtue of just having ADHD has a problem with impulse control.”
Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D.
Co-author, ADHD-Friendly Strategies to Organize Your Life
“There’s no escalation… it is like a light switch. They are exploding before they have any time to stop that process.”
Dr. Candice Murray, M.D.
Clinical Psychologist with Expertise in ADHD
“It’s normal to have arguments in relationships. But there is a difference between a healthy argument and it segueing into a fight. So I talk to people about arguing in a constructive way and getting things accomplished. Rather than talking about the same thing over and over again.”
Dr. Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D.
National Certified Counsellor
In a nutshell, this video will help you tame your ADHD-induced anger, or that of a loved one, and bring a sense of calm and control into your life.
“The host Rick Green is his usual entertaining, informative, educational, empathetic, warmly kooky self. The points are easy to remember and act upon. You could follow along with it even as background audio… It has a good flow.”
“This video helps us to understand why our recently diagnosed ADD teen goes from zero to explosive in a blink of an eye.”
“Sometimes it’s very hard to get people with ADD to go to a Doctor or therapist to talk about their issues. Having this information available to see in your own home is very helpful.”