Struggling With Emotions

Emotional regulation is commonly difficult for those with ADHD, myself included but in a different way.  While many people with ADHD have trouble controlling/regulating their emotions,  I now as an adult, have trouble displaying them.  Joy and Sadness specifically.  I certainly have no problem displaying anger.

I remember growing up I was an overly emotional kid.   I would burst into tears over the smallest of things then be overly happy in the matter of minutes.

This actually continued into my early adult years.  In which it was deemed “unattractive” and “undesirable” to have be man who displayed such emotion.

Not sure how it was done but somehow the ability to show sadness in the form of tears was turned off.

“It was though I had my thermostat removed, was without a regulator.  I couldn’t be counted on to act appropriately, to respond correctly” Anthony Bourdain.

Even at times in which I should no wanted to cry, I couldn’t bring myself to do it.  The deep sadness inside making it even more painful now that I couldn’t show it.

“It’s cruel that you can cry and I cannot.

Here is a terrible pain I cannot express.”  Andrew Martin.  Bicentennial Man.

Does anyone else have this problem?




Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2016 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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