The emotional impulsivity of ADHD can make it easier to fly off the handle, or blurt out hurtful things. Recognize the signs of approaching anger, and use these tips to disarm and manage out-of-control feelings. I have trouble controlling my emotions. I get angry with my wife when she asks nicely whether I did something she had asked me to do. I think she is cross-examining me, checking up on me, when all she wants is a simple answer.
“Why Do I Get So Angry with the Ones I Love Most?”
How to Practice Self-Regulation
Negative emotions like fear, sadness, and anger are a basic part of life and sometimes we struggle with how to deal with them effectively. In fact, it may lead to more problems to deal with down the road. Denial is when a person refuses to accept that anything is wrong or that help may be needed. This is different than wanting to be alone from time to time, and can be a warning sign of depression. Some people may withdraw because being around others takes too much energy, or they feel overwhelmed. But withdrawal brings its own problems: extreme loneliness, misunderstanding, anger, and distorted thinking.
How to Develop and Practice Self-Regulation
Take the following scenario. You turn, red-faced, towards the source of your indignation. It is then that you stop, reflect, and choose not to voice your displeasure.
Self-regulation can be defined in various ways. In the most basic sense, it involves controlling one's behavior, emotions, and thoughts in the pursuit of long-term goals. More specifically, emotional self-regulation refers to the ability to manage disruptive emotions and impulses.