Many people with ADHD find that a combination of impulsive behavior and constant frustration results in angry outbursts. For both children and adults, learning to express anger appropriately and to channel these feelings constructively is a huge challenge. Uncontrolled, eruptions of temper adversely affect relationships and friendships, employment, school, and every aspect of life. For some, this can lead to a diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder or antisocial disorder. Early intervention is key.
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Anger Overload in Children: Diagnostic and Treatment Issues - Anger reactions in some children are quite frequent and troubling to parents and teachers who witness them. The child’s intense anger may erupt quickly and intensely in reaction to limit setting by adults, to teasing, or to seemingly minor criticism by peers or adults.
Learning to Manage Anger - Anger is the degraded result of original emotions unattended. The most common emotion ahead of anger is frustration, especially in individuals with ADHD.
Managing ADHD Anger - Many people have trouble with angry outbursts, which impact their lives in a negative way. This problem can be even worse for adults with ADHD, as many are emotionally oversensitive and overreactive to stimulation, making them more vulnerable to their surrounding environments.
Parenting Difficult Children - Learn collaborative problem solving from Ross Greene, PhD, in one of CHADD's Ask the Expert chats. "The best way to help kids learn to cope with frustration is to solve the predictable problems precipitating their frustration proactively," he says. "Then they get practice at the thinking involved in dealing with frustration under more optimal circumstances."
First Step to Success: An Early Intervention - This program is recognized nationally as an effective early intervention for reducing aggression in children who exhibit such behaviors during their early school years.
Annie’s Story - What began as high-maintenance toddler behavior deteriorated to intense, unprovoked bouts of persistent aggression by age three—despite our family’s tireless efforts to follow through with consequences and positive reinforcement.
Know the Tipping Points Reducing Vulnerability to Antisocial Behavior in Youth with ADHD - What British police have learned about reducing the vulnerability to antisocial and criminal behavior in youth with ADHD.
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