Hey brains, I was wonder what was everyone’s experience with emotional dysregulation, and I actually have a few questions about people’s subjective experience with it.
Now I have an extensive diagnosis of ADHD, and neurology testing, seen different neurologists, school recommendations etc. As far as I’ve been told clinically and from peers, my ADHD is quite severe, although I like to think I sometime manage it well, some people honestly can’t tell but that’s only the silver lining after putting blood, sweat, and tears into manage symptoms in every way possible. This may be important later.
Now I’ve obviously had pretty bad emotional dysregulation since a child, anger issues and well every emotion actually. But i’ve gotten better at coping, my frontal lobes developed a bit more so I manage better and stimulant medication depresses the limbic system, so that helps in its own way.
Now my questions are about people’s emotional dysregulation are pertaining to the paradoxical controversy of “hyper-focus”, which is like a really intensified state of focus on something, without medication or any pharmacological intervention needed, it tends to be something that the person is personally interested in or enjoys, possibly something novel or exciting as well. This state of hyper-focus tends to be intense, any concept of time just stops existing, you could be working on a project that really interests you for 9 hours straight without feeling tired, or hungry.
Now imo, “hyper-focus” is sometimes misrepresented, or at least oversimplified even sometimes in research, I think it’s sometimes looked at very narrowly, as only 1 impairment of ADHD causing it. I think it’s a series of impairments or at least abnormalities/differences that work together as a system to cause this effect.
An example being is that the way adults with ADHD learn, in regards to a reinforcement schedule, is a lot closer than that of children, than when compared to neurotypical adults. Like the less instantaneous a reinforcement schedule is, that harder and harder it is for a person with ADHD to learn something, or respond to it. This in it’s self is due to different factors of ADHD, such as time management, protective thinking.
But I think Emotional Dysregulation is a lesser known part of ADHD, and honestly I think it’s one of the most important parts of ADHD.
But when it comes to “hyper-focus” I think Emotional Dysregulation is a primary factor in this phenomenon. I think honestly a lot of the time, hyper-focus can really represent forms of hypo-mania, and mania but with the cognitive and executive function differences as well. Now a lot of people have many miss information about what mania really is, they tend to think it’s a psychotic symptom only, and that there’s only one type of it. But I think since many comes in different forms and severity, and all factors of ADHD range in severity, this could be a large factor in explaining why some people with ADHD, report never experiencing hyper-focusing.
Anyways, i’m going to relate sleep deprivation, emotional regulation, and hyper focus together and ask.
For those of you who experience, emotional dysregulation, especially on something like video games or T.V, have you ever had episodes of this, that last like 16-20 hours straight, where you don’t notice time go by, you don’t sleep, unmedicated this happens, you’re doing something that requires mental effort, for hours on end, and yet seem to not be fatigued by it at all, until you crash. I’ve done this in elementary, before a diagnosis, before medication, honestly it’s not always healthy but it definitely saved my grades a few times. But what extent do you brains do this to?
Also just curious if any of you have been misdiagnosed as bipolar and it was later changed, I think it’s very common, and their very similar, but bipolar has a variable of randomness and emotional dysregulation does not.
I work very hard to control all the symptoms of my ADHD, secondary disorders caused by it’s symptoms, etc. etc. And as Dr. Russel A Barkley said “it’s the diabetes of the brain, its a chronic disorder you have to treat daily, to avoid it’s secondary consequences.”
It’s just my mom said, that I should be over this stuff by now, and I “should be in the driver seat by now”, and the thing is, I work really hard to try a be there, but just because I’m there today, doesn’t mean im going to be there tomorrow. It’s very hard that you constantly are doing bad things, and are totally unaware of it, until it’s too late, then somehow are supposed to main constant 24/7, 365 days a year control over it, and it’s not 1 thing, it’s tons, time management, over indulgence. etc. etc.
Well I gtg but Toodles! and thanks for reading