Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)

The feelings are real, but they got the causes all wrong.

Did you know that RSD is not in the DSM-V, nor is it recognized in the psychiatric or psychological communities?

Don’t get me wrong, people don’t need their experiences to be medicalized in order for them to be 100% real and valid. It can be extremely validating to have our feelings put into words and to find out that so many others have similar experiences.

The description of RSD is very real, as an overwhelming majority of the ADHD population can attest to, which is why I was so drawn to exploring and researching it in the first place.

People don’t need their experiences to be pathologized in order for them to be entirely real and valid.

But now I want a do-over because I’ve learned a lot more and, as a result, have some important things to add. Notably, the fact that RSD is attributed to ADHD and neurodivergence has me thinking about this whole concept more critically.

It’s not disordered when it’s a rational response to actual repeated rejection.

Read my article on Invisible Illness.


When you join medium, as a member you’ll have access to unlimited reads for only $5 per month. If you use my referral link, I’ll earn a small commission, and you’ll earn my undying gratitude.

Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: