How Emotional Permanence Affects ADHD Adults

Resilience researchers advise embracing, rather than avoiding, more diverse experiences in your life to cope better in difficult times.

This coping process gets easier when you have emotional permanence.

Emotional permanence is the ability to retain and recall how an emotion, positive or negative, feels even when you are not experiencing it at present.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that makes millions of people around the world struggle with impulsivity, hyperactivity, and difficulty concentrating.

But what many people don’t realize is that ADHD can also affect a person’s emotional permanence.

Emotional Permanence In ADHD Adults

Do people with ADHD struggle with a lack of emotional permanence?

Yes, people with ADHD may lack emotional permanence. They often experience emotional instability and mood swings, which can impair their ability to maintain positive emotions, or let go of negative emotions, when facing challenges.

ADHD people seem to struggle at focusing on one task or emotion for a long time.

This can lead them to have difficulties in managing emotions, which can reduce their self-esteem and overall well-being.

It can also often make it difficult for them to form meaningful relationships or keep their jobs.

How Does ADHD Affect Emotional Regulation?

Emotional permanence is our ability to understand that emotions are temporary and will eventually pass. This skill is essential for managing emotions in a healthy way.

It helps you draw on past experiences and apply them to the present. So you can be emotionally resilient and adapt better to new situations with emotional stability.

That is where the issue arises with ADHD’ers.

People with ADHD often struggle with emotional regulation and may have difficulty recognizing that their emotions are temporary.

As a result, they may react excessively to negative emotions, leading to impulsive behavior and difficulty in interpersonal relationships.

ADHD can impact emotional regulation in several ways.

  • First, those with ADHD have difficulty focusing and managing their attention, which can make it challenging to manage their emotions.
  • Second, they are known to struggle with executive functioning skills, such as planning, organization, and decision-making, which can severely affect their ability to regulate emotions.

Did you know about the dark side of ADHD?

How To Develop Emotional Permanence In ADHD?

People who have ADHD can use the following strategies to regulate their emotions and enhance their quality of life.

1. Mindfulness

Mindfulness practice can enable persons with ADHD to develop better emotional regulation skills. It can help them learn how to be more aware of their emotions while not becoming overly attached to them, so that they can allow negative emotions to pass through without triggering annoyance or violence.

2. Exercise and Physical Activity

Exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on emotional regulation and can be an effective tool for managing emotions in those with ADHD.

3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a form of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. CBT can help ADHD people modify their thoughts and learn new behavior patterns.

4. Prescription Medications

Medical doctors may prescribe certain drugs to help people with ADHD manage their impulsivity, improve their focus, and control their emotions.

Social Support: Surrounding yourself with supportive friends and family members can be beneficial for managing emotions and improving overall well-being in individuals with ADHD.


Does ADHD cause emotional detachment?

No, ADHD itself does not cause emotional detachment. However, individuals with ADHD may struggle with emotional regulation, which can result in difficulties with expressing and experiencing emotions. Moreover, certain ADHD symptoms, like impulsiveness and distractibility, can make it difficult for them to form and sustain close relationships, giving the impression of emotional detachment. People with ADHD, like anyone else who struggles with expressing their emotions, can learn the art of social engagement.

Does ADHD make it harder to express emotions?

Yes, people with ADHD may find it hard to express their emotions fully and effectively. This could be related to their challenges with emotional regulation and impulse control, as well as executive functioning skills like planning, organization, and decision-making. Together, these turn them into ineffective communicators of emotions, making it difficult for them to build and maintain close personal relationships. Ultimately, it can make them appear as emotionally detached people. However, with the right support and tools, they can learn to express their emotions and improve their social skills.

Final Words

Emotional permanence is a real challenge faced by ADHD’ers.

Despite this, with the correct support and resources, they can successfully manage the hurdles of emotional regulation and reach their full potential.

• • •

Author Bio: Written and reviewed by Sandip Roy — a medical doctor, psychology writer, and happiness researcher, who writes on mental well-being, happiness, positive psychology, and philosophy (especially Stoicism).

Our Happiness Story!

If you liked it, please spread the word.


When it comes to mental well-being, you don't have to do it alone. Going to therapy to feel better is a positive choice. Therapists can help you work through your trauma triggers and emotional patterns.