Have you ever found yourself distracted in church, lost your place in the reading or just couldn’t pay attention to the sermon. Maybe you’re not bored or tired. It’s possible that you have ADHD which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. In Proverbs 7:24, God commands his children to “listen to me; pay attention to what I say.” When your focus begins to consistently deter from God and his purpose for your life, along with other major distractions, there is a major possibility you are plagued with ADHD. Habitual forgetfulness another common indicator of ADHD in many Americans; we all forget our keys, forget to grab some extra cash, forget the Sunday sermon. But do not let this illness infiltrate and impede your walk with God. Scripture acknowledges our susceptibility to absentmindedness. We are advised in Deuteronomy 6: 8-9 to remember God’s commandments, to “tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Have these practical diagnoses fallen to the wayside? Are you drowning in these symptoms and others, such as procrastination, disorganization, or the inability to participate in quiet or serene activities? You are not alone.
Over 12 million Americans experience some form of this problem which can affect their lives in many ways, at home with your family, at work, at school, nearly everywhere. Many American are wrestling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and don’t even realize it. Adults with ADHD have problems with being inattention with people and everyday jobs. Their thoughts are bouncing around all over the place and can’t seem to focus. ADHD can affect everything they do. It can cause the adult to make careless mistakes at work; often has difficulty sustain attention in relationships or tasks. Frequently they don’t finish tasks or follow through on instructions. They are easily distracted by “zoning out” in a middle of a conversation.
Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder:
- fidgeting, squirming when seated
- getting up usually to walk or run around
- having trouble playing quietly or engaging in quite leisure activities
- often talking excessively
- blurting out answers before hearing the whole question
- interrupting or intruding on others
- having difficulty waiting in line
- forgetting daily activities
- not listening to others
Here is a link with an ADHD pre screening quiz click here.
How is ADHD treated in adults?
At this time available treatments center on reducing the symptoms of ADHD and improving functioning. Treatment includes medicine, various types of psychotherapy, training or education, or mixture of treatments.
Biblical teaching concerning the issue of attentiveness which is:
- Tasks are hard - Proverbs 6:6-8; Colossians 3:23
- It’s hard to stay focused-Proverbs 12:11
- Difficult to develop priorities- Proverbs 24:27
- Tough to remember things- Proverbs 6:20-21; Deuteronomy 6:6-8; 2 Peter 1:12-15
- Can’t listen to instructions- Proverbs 7:24; James 1:19
If you encounter any of these signs, don’t wait in till you lose something you love. Get help today and save what you love.