Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and the Dysregulation of Emotion Generation and Emotional Expression

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Individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) frequently experience strong reactions to emotionally evocative situations. Difficulties modulating anger and other upsets have clinically significant behavioral consequences. Those with ADHD may have anomalies in emotion generation, emotion expression, or both that predispose to these problems. The association between ADHD and emotion dysregulation raises Important clinical and research issues, including possible heterogeneity in the mechanisms by which they are related. Although first-line treatments for ADHD often help to resolve emotional dysregulation symptoms as well, the evidence base for widespread practice of combination pharmacotherapy remains sparse. Psychosocial treatments that engage processes underlying emotional dysregulation are in development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-360
Number of pages12
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Adolescents
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Children
  • Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder
  • Oppositional defiant disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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