Navigating the thorny path of Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD) in Relationships – 2023

with Sharon Saline, Psy.D.


Do you ever feel so devastated by the criticism from a partner that you struggle to rebound? Is it tough to avoid shame about things you do without thinking and regret later? Perhaps you are the partner of somebody with ADHD who hears any constructive feedback as blame, judgment or disapproval and then falls apart. Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria (RSD), a common co-existing condition with ADHD, can strongly impact relationships and create toxic patterns of interaction in couples. Since people with RSD struggle with letting go of past hurts and experience heightened emotional sensitivity, it can be very complicated for couples to manage conflict, discuss delicate subjects and process emotions successfully. Dr. Sharon Saline, author, clinician, speaker and consultant, will show you how to manage the special challenges that arise in these relationships. She’ll teach you how both partners can regulate better and handle challenging conversations with less blame, negativity and over-personalizing while fostering connection and closeness.

About Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

Dr. Sharon Saline is the author of the award-winning book, What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew: Working Together to Empower Kids for Success in School and Life and The ADHD solution card deck.  She specializes in working with neurodiverse children, teens, young adults and families and consults with schools internationally. Dr. Saline aims to help outside-the-box thinkers improve executive functioning and social-emotional skills while also building effective communication tools and self-esteem. She is a part-time lecturer at the Smith College School for Social Work, blogger for, serves on the editorial board of and hosts a bi-weekly Facebook Live event for Learn more at

Privacy Settings
We use cookies to enhance your experience while using our website. If you are using our Services via a browser you can restrict, block or remove cookies through your web browser settings. We also use content and scripts from third parties that may use tracking technologies. You can selectively provide your consent below to allow such third party embeds. For complete information about the cookies we use, data we collect and how we process them, please check our Privacy Policy