ADHD

Do you ever wonder why you cannot focus on completing tasks or why you struggle to follow through with meeting basic responsibilities? Perhaps you find it incredibly difficult to sit still, or are often described as too energetic, forgetful or irrational?

Well, all of these things combined could indicate that you might be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Contrary to popular opinion, ADHD affects both children and adults and can make it very it extremely difficult to succeed academically or professionally.

At Newport Christian Counselling, we are committed to helping you deal with your ADHD in an effective way and are devoted to helping you to find a new sense of freedom in your life.

So what is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition characterized by three categories of symptoms: inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It is important to note that these symptoms can differ greatly from person to person and can vary in intensity.

While the condition is most common in children, it can also affect adults. Christian counseling for ADHD can help those suffering from the condition to develop a series of tools that will assist them in managing their symptoms and lead them into a life of freedom.

How do you know if you suffer from ADHD?

There is no simple and standardized way of diagnosing ADHD as a condition. There are, however, some common things to look for when seeking a diagnosis. Some indicators of ADHD include:

  • An ongoing pattern of at least six months of inattentive, hyperactive,and/or impulsive symptoms that adversely affect your social, academic, or occupational life.
  • Many symptoms experienced before the age of 12.
  • Symptoms that cannot be tied to any other cause.

It is important to note that this condition affects a huge number of people. Some 6.4 million children (ages 4-17) have been diagnosed with ADHD in the United States. Additionally, while many kids who suffer from ADHD outgrow the disorder, around 60% still struggle with the disorder into adulthood, resulting in a total of about 5% of adults with ADHD in the U.S.

Are you worried that you or your child might be struggling with ADHD? Get in touch with us at Newport Beach Christian Counselling. As part of our services, we offer a safe and nurturing environment in which you can explore your condition and be equipped with strategies to help manage the symptoms of ADHD.

ADHD in Childhood

As we mentioned, most of those who suffer from ADHD are children. Perhaps you are a parent who is worried about some behavioral characteristics being exhibited by your child and suspect they may have ADHD. How can you be sure? Well, usually, ADHD symptoms fall into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Inattentive kids might:

  • Struggle to pay attention to details.
  • Struggle to listen when someone is speaking to them.
  • Find it very difficult to follow instructions.
  • Get bored quickly.
  • Frequently lose things.
  • Struggle to complete simple tasks.

Hyperactive kids might:

  • Fidget and squirm while seated.
  • Struggle to stay sitting down.
  • Run or climb on things when it’s not appropriate to do so.
  • Struggle to play quietly.
  • Talk a lot more than is normal.
  • Have a very quick temper.

Impulsive kids might:

  • Act without thinking about the consequences.
  • Invade other people’s space without asking permission.
  • Struggle to wait patiently.
  • Overreact in an emotional manner.
  • Interrupt people on a regular basis.
  • Intrude on other children’s play time.
  • Make random guesses at answers instead of trying to think through and solve problems.

If you recognize any of these symptoms in your child, we recommend that you get in touch with us to set up a consultation with one of our ADHD counselors.

ADHD in Adulthood

As we mentioned earlier, ADHD can also affect adults. Many of those who suffer from the condition failed to gain an adequate diagnosis and treatment plan when they were children. With that being said, it is important to rule out other conditions before seeking help for your symptoms of ADHD.

A qualified mental health professional should first rule out the possibility of:

  • Various learning disabilities.
  • Life-altering or stressful events such as moving or the death of a loved one.
  • Serious psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression, and mood or behavior disorders.
  • Medical conditions such as thyroid disease, epilepsy, and various sleep disorders.

In addition, if you are an adult who is being tested for ADHD, your doctor should first consider whether you are suffering from:

  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Autism spectrum disorders.
  • Sensory processing disorders.
  • Sleep disorders.

As is the case for children, adults with ADHD will also likely suffer from inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

Adult ADHD symptoms related to inattention may include things like getting easily distracted, being disorganized, and having an inability to focus on the task at hand. A lack of attention can dramatically affect your productivity at work and can have a negative effect on your personal relationships. Indeed, a person suffering from ADHD may battle with procrastination or be unable to stick to one task, constantly seeking to move to the next thing and feeling perpetually restless.

Additionally, in adults, hyperactivity often surfaces in the form of restless feelings or a tendency to find normally stimulating activities very calming. Adults with ADHD might exhibit characteristics of impatience, and may be unable to control their outbursts. They may also engage in impulsive buying and may make rash decisions without adequately thinking them through.

Suffering from ADHD can cause you to feel as if your life is spiraling out of control. But do not fear! Our Christian ADHD counseling will help you combat these thoughts and assist you in reaching your full and God-given potential.

Medication and Treatment

Certain medications may be required to fully treat your ADHD. Therefore, we will liaise with your physician to ensure that a comprehensive and complementary treatment plan is formed to help you with your condition. We offer a wide range of Psychological Therapy for those suffering from ADHD, such as:

  • Help for parents of children with ADHD – It is of vital importance to understand that ADHD is not caused by bad parenting. With that being said, we can offer some effective strategies that can help you solve some of the behavior problems. Christian ADHD counseling will assist you in helping your child get their symptoms under control without sacrificing their natural creativity.

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for ADHD – Adults and children with ADHD can both experience huge benefit from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). By utilizing this method of treatment, you will be able to gain a better understanding of how you view yourself and your surroundings and how your thoughts are impacting the way you feel and behave. CBT assists both children and adults who struggle with ADHD in becoming more organized and focused. It will also help to improve their ability to adequately control their emotions.

  • Behavior modification therapy – Behavior therapy for children dealing with ADHD can be highly effective. As a part of this treatment, the parent, child, and counselor will work together in order to help alter behavior by actively rewarding positive behaviors while also discouraging negative behaviors. We will help your child develop certain skills that will equip them to control their issues with inattention and impulsivity.

Why choose Christian ADHD counseling?

Whether you are a parent in desperate need of help with your child or are an adult who is struggling with the impact that ADHD is having on your life, know that we can help. At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we believe that finding a mental health professional you can trust is of the utmost importance.

Our trained counselors are experts in the field of ADHD treatment and are sensitive to the specific needs of each and every one of their clients. Here are a few specific reasons why we would recommend our service to you:

  • Reliable ADHD Treatment Options – At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, we offer many different resources for the treatment of ADHD. Simply put, Christian ADHD counseling can greatly help you control your symptoms. We also provide support through both group counseling and family counseling.

  • Reliable ADHD Testing – At Newport Beach Christian Counseling, our skilled mental health professionals will provide you with the very latest technology and proven techniques for psychological testing.

  • Faith as a central element of treatment – Newport Beach Christian Counseling is proud to offer a faith-focused treatment service. Alongside vital forms of psychological treatment, we offer people of faith a place for recovery that holds the love of Christ at the very center.

  • Christian Psychiatry – We always put our clients first. We will tailor your treatment plan to ensure it meets all of your specific requirements.

At Newport Beach Christian counseling, our ultimate aim is to see you enter into a new season of freedom in Christ. Through our team of Christian professionals, we will do everything in our power to help you overcome the symptoms of your mental health condition and will help provide you with the tools required to live a life of greater freedom.