ADHD and anxiety often occur together. Feeling anxious can fuel flashes of anger. Kids who are worried and anxious about something are already emotional and on edge. And it doesn’t take much to tip over to anger.
Kids with ADHD can have a hard time with emotions in general. They tend to get stuck in their feelings. So if a situation made them nervous a week ago, they may still be carrying it around with them. And they may be worried well in advance of something that’s happening in the future.
ADHD is linked to other mental health issues besides anxiety that can also drive angry reactions. These include oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and depression. It’s important to talk to your child’s doctor about potential mental health problems.
Kids with ADHD may also have undiagnosed learning differences. That can make school even more difficult and frustrating, which can lead to frequent angry episodes.
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