Emotions & Mood Swings

Does ADHD affect emotions and mood?

'Emotional dysregulation', or the inability to control or regulate emotions, is increasingly recognised as a core feature of ADHD.

Adults with ADHD regularly experience sudden and extreme changes in their mood when strong emotions or feelings happen (uncontrollable laughing or crying, or heightened irritability or temper). Sometimes these expressions are more extreme than the person's feelings.

Adults with ADHD can experience stronger feelings of irritability and frustration and are quicker to get angry. They can also struggle to manage these feelings (e.g. recognising when you might be over-angry and trying to calm yourself)

What can I do about it?