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Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Rejection-sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is an intense emotional response caused by the perception that you have disappointed others in your life and that they have withdrawn their love, approval, or respect because of that disappointment. The same painful reaction can occur when you fail or fall short of your relatively high goals and expectations. RSD  commonly occurs with ADHD and causes extreme emotional pain that plagues children and adults — even when no rejection occurs.

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria is difficult for people with ADHD to describe, but all who have it agree that it feels awful. Indeed, the term dysphoria is Greek for “unbearable.” Often, those with RSD hide these intense emotional reactions from other people and feel ashamed of their vulnerability. The condition often triggers a profound and wide-reaching sense of failure, as though the person with RSD hasn’t measured up to personal or external expectations.

Could RSD be the cause of your intense emotional responses? Take the results of this self-test to a trained ADHD professional to discuss your options for managing symptoms.

Very Often 4
Often 3
Sometimes 2
Rarely 1
Never 0

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