This is the sixth in a series of brief posts during October — global ADHD Awareness Month. Each features a quote that relates to ADHD and neurodiversity.
Today’s quote by Dr. Thomas E. Brown relates to the emotional dysregulation often seen in folks with ADHD:
Sometimes the working memory impairments of ADHD allow a momentary emotion to become too strong; the person is flooded with one emotion and unable to attend to other emotions, facts, and memories relevant to that immediate situation. At other times, the working memory impairments of ADHD leave the person with insufficient sensitivity to the importance of a particular emotion because he or she hasn’t kept other relevant information sufficiently in mind or factored it into his or her assessment of the situation.
– Dr. Thomas E. Brown, Smart but Stuck: Emotions in Teens and Adults with ADHD
Dr. Thomas E. Brown is one of the leading experts on ADHD. In addition to Smart but Stuck, his other works include Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults and Outside the Box: Rethinking Add/Adhd in Children and Adults – a Practical Guide. He has also written numerous articles for ADDitude magazine, including this one on the topic of emotions and ADHD: “Exaggerated Emotions: How and Why ADHD Triggers Intense Feelings.”