Shame: When You Are Embarrassed Of Who You Are (Handout)


Handout for older teens and adults living with ADHD

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Shame: When You Are Embarrassed Of Who You Are

Many adults with ADHD feel disappointment in themselves generally because they have received lots of negative feedback, especially when they were younger.

I’ve been working with people with ADHD for over 30 years and there is one constant that I have seen: every single person has a deep-seated sense of shame about having ADHD and being ‘different’ from his or her peers. The shame about not being able to succeed at school or manage life tasks as well as other kids starts early and continues into adulthood. We are not born with shame. It develops over time through painful experiences and stunts growth. Shame is particularly evident in families where there was blaming.

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