Emotional regulation is a formidable challenge for many teens (and adults) with attention deficit disorder (ADHD or ADD). Whether it’s angry outbursts, excessive worrying, or intense sadness, strong emotions flood the ADHD brain and overwhelm teens’ still-developing coping skills. In the heat of the moment, they can’t effectively think about what is going on, make hard choices, or consider the consequences of their behavior. Their fledgling executive functioning skills struggle to manage emotions and reactivity and get the brain and body to settle down. They need help … but what kind? And how often?
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