ADHD and Resilience
Emotional resilience can be loosely defined as the ability to cope with stress and to recover from setbacks. It can be one of the greatest predictors of a person’s happiness and their ability to fulfil their life goals.
The executive functioning skills that impact on the ability to focus and prioritize also assist with emotional regulation. This means that emotional resilience can be low in children, adolescents and adults who have ADHD.
Throughout life everybody faces continuous challenges that affect their social, cognitive, emotional, and physical lives. Exposure is not limited to their daily lives but also presents in negative online experiences and navigating these challenges requires robust social and emotional resilience. These situations can prove paralyzing for a child, adolescent or adult with ADHD and can present as anger, irritability, moodiness, sensitivity, and overly intense feelings.
It is important to recognise the role of external factors in enhancing or undermining resilience in a child, adolescent, or adult with ADHD. Emotional resilience is positively impacted and enhanced by good sleep hygiene, self-care like eating and exercising, as well as having supportive social network. A good understanding of personal values will assist in creating actions that are relevant and uplifting.
For a child, adolescent, or adult with ADHD to adapt and deal with the pressures in their environment they will need strategies and coping skills to improve their mental wellbeing. These strategies will help them to build emotional resilience by learning that they can successfully overcome daily challenges to accomplish their goals and allow them to thrive.