Anger issues can be part of ADHD


Anger issues can be part of ADHD

Many ADHD children and adults have problems with anger. After all, many times anger occurs as a result of poor impulsivity control. If you can’t delay an impulsive action, then it’s hard to delay the feelings that often escalate to frustration and anger.

It’s not unusual for both parents and doctors to assume that anger results from being spoiled, from lack of discipline, as a side effect of bipolar disorder or depression, or one or more of dozens of other problems.

Sometimes the fact that anger can often be a part of the behavior of ADHD goes unrecognized. Other times, I suspect it becomes a subject of gross denial, as parents and healthcare professionals try to sort through the many causes of anger.

ADHD experts point out all of the frustration that children and adults with ADHD have to suffer is one of the major reasons for anger in these persons. Why? It’s hard enough for a child or teen who is not ADHD to deal with frustration and failure, but just think about how difficult it is for the ADHD kid, teen or adult.

As a result, ADHD anger can keep a child from being accepted by his family or peers. It can cause relationship problems that make it hard to keep a job, make dating almost impossible, and of course; destroy marriages.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a webcast about ADHD, Anger and Marriage hosted by Zoe Kessler, BA, B.ED. and Melissa Orlov, marriage consultant. Both of these young ladies offered insights and discussions about anger in marriages where one (or both) of the partners suffer attention deficit hyperactivity disorder that I think you will find very valuable.

They have kindly provided a link to the podcast for me to share. I encourage you to invest about an hour of your time to listen and think you will be rewarded.

It’s a great chance to learn and be entertained at the same time.


Frank Barnhill, MD


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