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thought I had social phobia. Turns out I have rejection sensitive dysphoria


For those who don't know what RSD is, it's a side condition of ADHD though maybe not all ADHDers have it. But I do and so do many. I was prescribed Klonopin and it helped with anxiety for awhile, but I became addicted. Anyway, it didn't help my RSD completely. Sure, it numbed me, but my heart still sank after rejection. Anyone else have RSD?

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How does it differ from SAD?
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For those who don't know what RSD is, it's a side condition of ADHD though maybe not all ADHDers have it. But I do and so do many. I was prescribed Klonopin and it helped with anxiety for awhile, but I became addicted. Anyway, it didn't help my RSD completely. Sure, it numbed me, but my heart still sank after rejection. Anyone else have RSD?
interesting, but what are all these names for? is there really a difference? social anxiety/phobia is about rejection too. i looked it up and it defined rejection sensitive dysphoria only about rejection from people who are important in their life
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What Are the Signs?
People with RSD may:

Be easily embarrassed
Get very angry or have an emotional outburst when they feel like someone has hurt or rejected them
Set high standards for themselves they often can't meet
Have low self-esteem
Feel anxious, especially in social settings
Have problems with relationships
Stay away from social situations and withdraw from other people
Feel like a failure because they haven't lived up to other people's expectations
Sometimes think about hurting themselves

Some of these symptoms are also common in other mental health conditions. RSD can be confused with:

Bipolar disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Depression
Social phobia
Yes I was thinking I have no idea how they'd differentiate. That's an incredibly generic set of symptoms.

Anyway I have a bunch of ADHD/autistic/schizophrenia spectrum traits among others, so does everyone (well a bunch of people,) in my extended family, so who knows.

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Truth is, I don't exist, I'm just a soundtrack to your movie
Some background figure in a story that's already scripted
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For those who don't know what RSD is, it's a side condition of ADHD though maybe not all ADHDers have it. But I do and so do many. I was prescribed Klonopin and it helped with anxiety for awhile, but I became addicted. Anyway, it didn't help my RSD completely. Sure, it numbed me, but my heart still sank after rejection. Anyone else have RSD?
interesting, but what are all these names for? is there really a difference? social anxiety/phobia is about rejection too. i looked it up and it defined rejection sensitive dysphoria only about rejection from people who are important in their life
This might help illuminate the differences

https://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/rejec...tive-dysphoria

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What Are the Signs?
People with RSD may:

Be easily embarrassed
Get very angry or have an emotional outburst when they feel like someone has hurt or rejected them
Set high standards for themselves they often can't meet
Have low self-esteem
Feel anxious, especially in social settings
Have problems with relationships
Stay away from social situations and withdraw from other people
Feel like a failure because they haven't lived up to other people's expectations
Sometimes think about hurting themselves

Some of these symptoms are also common in other mental health conditions. RSD can be confused with:

Bipolar disorder
Borderline personality disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Depression
Social phobia
Yes I was thinking I have no idea how they'd differentiate. That's an incredibly generic set of symptoms.

Anyway I have a bunch of ADHD/autistic/schizophrenia spectrum traits among others, so does everyone (well a bunch of people,) in my extended family, so who knows.
I believe the emotional outbursts and anger are unique to ADHD because people with ADHD have a low frustration tolerance and get upset easily. They can be self-fulfilling prophecies of feeling rejected and reacting negatively which in turn can lead to actual rejection

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I believe the emotional outbursts and anger are unique to ADHD because people with ADHD have a low frustration tolerance and get upset easily. They can be self-fulfilling prophecies of feeling rejected and reacting negatively which in turn can lead to actual rejection
Not really anger is common in depression, BPD and bipolar as well, also autism but I guess it manifests differently.

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Truth is, I don't exist, I'm just a soundtrack to your movie
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Ive looked up that definition & I thought I had that too. Because I am overly sensitive and freak out by any little criticisim. Which is crazy but its part of my bipolar depression. Its something hard to deal with. But sometimes I am fine.
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