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Why is it hard for children with ADHD to control emotions?

There is an automatic quality to your child's behavior: impulses are immediately followed by behavior. And this is true in all children, because the part of the brain that controls emotional expression is still developing -- so the capacity to control emotions is a skill all children must learn. A child diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) shares this lack of control, but it's paired with an emotional experience of a much greater magnitude than in other children. The intense emotion felt by a child with ADHD typically does not enter his awareness -- it just gets acted out impulsively and discharged.
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