The little known facts about ADHD that will make all the difference in understanding your ADHD. Part 1

Part 1 of a three part series that explores the little known traits of ADHD that will make all the difference in understanding you ADHD.

Do you know the three most common and unknown ADHD traits?  This is part 1 of a three part series that explores the deeper and more hidden side of ADHD. Read on and discover the little known facts about ADHD

Even many psychiatrists and therapists don’t know that there are three defining features of ADHD that are hardly known, but that are part of the core ADHD criteria. These three ideas are common to almost all people who have ADHD.

Those with ADHD commonly exhibit:

  1. Intense emotional sensitivity
  2. An interest based nervous system
  3. Rejection sensitivity


Those with ADHD experience moods, highs and lows, in a much more intense way than those who don’t have ADHD. They are often tense and find it difficult to relax. They have constant non-stop bombarding thoughts that don’t give them any peace. They may experience sleep problems as a result. They find it difficult to slow down their pace to match the pace of the people around them. Psychiatrists tragically often misdiagnose the intensity of moods that those with ADHD exhibit. When upset, it can take days to recover.  During the heat of the moment the person with ADHD may do things that they are not aware of, and that they will later regret.

Heightened emotional sensitivity is one of the little known hard core traits of ADHD. Even many qualified practitioners are not aware of this. Those with emotional intensity often suffer intense shame and embarrassment. They often internalise from a young age, from the people in their environment that they are crazy, stupid, “not all there” This has a huge impact on their self-esteem and productivity, and overall relationships. They will often do their best to hide their sensitivities from others. If not addressed then the consequences of emotional sensitivity will lead to serious repercussions later on in life, and anxiety and depression  often follow.

It is important to learn specialist coping tools and put them into practise during times of calm, so that slowly, little by little, the tools can be integrated during intense emotional moments.

It is important to get the support that you need from those who understand you and can support you by letting you know that you are not a failure, and there is nothing to be ashamed about.

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