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ADHD and Anger

Anger is a big problem for most adults with ADHD. Instead of waiting for the situation to arise in which you get angry and perhaps become destructive, try developing stragegies for dealing with anger in advance and work on ways of reducing the anger and frustration you carry around with you. These methods might include:

  • Frequent exercise to work off stress
  • Control of substance use so that you do not lower your level of self-control with drugs like alcohol or cocaine.
  • Regular practice of meditation or prayer.
  • Getting a reasonable amount of sleep every night.
  • Psychotherapy or coaching to learn how to put feelings into words instead of action

Of course, anger can get the better of everyone from time to time, whether you have ADHD or not. When it gets the best of you, however,  accept the human inevitability of messing up and do not let the sinking feeling of here-we-go-again devastate you.  Instead, learn from the experience and say,  “I messed up. I apologize. Let me make it right.”

Good article in Attitude Magazine on Don’t Let Your ADD Get You Down.

 

 

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