One characteristic common in ADHD is extreme sensitivity, perhaps including Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD). According to Dr. William Dodson, an ADHD expert with a private practice in Colorado, he’s created a 19th question after the DSM IV’s 18 question ADHD criterion:
“Question # 19: For your entire life have you always been much more sensitive than other people you know to rejection, teasing, criticism, or your own perception that you have failed or fallen short?”
Happy’s Awesome Quote:
My friend Happy Little and I discuss the extreme sensitivity found in people with ADHD. She understands just as well as anyone can, “a life of wearing your skin inside out.”
Unfortunately, the emotional impact of ADHD has not been researched as much as other aspects of the condition. This explains why so many people know so little and misdiagnose ADHD for bipolar or other mood disorders.
It was during a past webinar of mine when Happy first heard of Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria and instantly said, “That’s me!”, just as 99.9% of Dr. William Dodson’s patients tell him. So, Happy and I figure there’s definitely something going on here that people need to talk about.
We begin the discussion. Please jump in by adding your thoughts in the comments below.