ADHD and Emotion: Hypersensitivity, Emotional Regulation, and More

robertoolivardiaADHD and Emotion: Hypersensitivity, Emotional Regulation, and More
With Dr. Roberto Olivardia, PhD
Monday, October 7, 2013 11:00am – 1:00pm EDT 

Have you ever been told that you’re too sensitive? People with ADHD are noted to be emotionally hypersensitive, which means that you very well may have difficulty regulating your feelings! This Master Class will focus on understanding the ways adults with ADHD experience various emotions, and how ADHD traits and symptoms can be impacted by those emotions. Psychologist Dr. Roberto Olivardia will present case examples, as well as highlight his personal experience of emotional hypersensitivity as an adult with ADHD. Dr. Olivardia will review neurological reasons why those with ADHD may be hypersensitive, and offer concrete strategies that you can use to regulate and cope with intense emotions.

In this Master Class, you’ll:

  1. Understand why people with ADHD are predisposed to emotional hypersensitivity or emotional dysregulation
  2. Learn some neurological theories behind ADHD and hypersensitivity
  3. Recognize how ADHD may impact your emotions, and how your emotions impact your ADHD
  4. Discover concrete strategies for coping with and managing emotional hypersensitivity and dysregulation
  5. Adopt a judgment-free, empathic, strength-based model of emotional hypersensitivity!
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About Dr. Olivardia
Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a Clinical Instructor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Psychologist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.  He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).  He also specializes in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men.  In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Olivardia is an active researcher.  He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in men.  He has taught courses at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston College and has consulted with cosmetic surgeons, software companies, and filmmakers around male body image issues.  He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, EXTRA, CBS This Morning, CNN, Fox and Friends, and VH1.  He has spoken on numerous radio and webinar shows and presents at many talks and conferences around the country, including the CHADD conferences annually. Roberto can be reached by email at roberto_olivardia@hms.harvard.edu.