Taming the Holiday Buying Impulse When You Have ADHD

The holiday season has arrived. Marketers are going all out to encourage us to buy their merchandise, and that, in combination with the festive holiday mood, can cause us to spend beyond our budget. This is especially true for individuals with ADHD. The impulsivity that often accompanies the condition can be a big problem during the holidays. If you have ADHD, here are some strategies you can use to avoid a holiday debt hangover.

How ADHD Can Trigger Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria

Many individuals with ADHD also suffer from rejection sensitivity dysphoria (RSD) – an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception—not necessarily the reality—that they have been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD can negatively impact social interactions, relationships and job performance.

Adults with Persistent ADHD May Be at Higher Risk for Car Accidents

Many studies have confirmed that teen drivers with ADHD are at greater risk for being involved in an accident, getting ticketed for a traffic violation, or having their driver’s license suspended. A new study, conducted by Arunima Roy, PhD, of the University of Ottawa’s Royal’s Institute of Mental Health Research in Ontario, has found that individuals whose childhood ADHD persists into adulthood also appear to be at increased risk for motor vehicle crashes.

The ADHD Sibling Effect

Raising a child with ADHD usually requires a great deal of patience and understanding on the part of the parents. But for the siblings, having a brother or sister with ADHD can also be quite a challenge. Here are some tips to help the whole family manage potential difficulties and also have an opportunity to learn positive lessons about empathy, creativity, sharing, and more.

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