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A Christian Counselor Discusses ADHD Across the Lifespan: Its Impact on Relationships, School, and Work

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center


Part 4 of a 4-Part Series This is the fourth article in a series on Adult ADHD. The first article explored symptoms people may have with ADHD. The second article discussed the evaluation process and who should conduct the evaluations. The third article explored the importance of “executive function” and what can be done if it is not working well. In this final article in the series, I look at how ADHD affects adult relationships and at what steps one can take to overcome the problems that it causes.

The Impact of ADHD Across a Lifespan

ADHD is thought of as a developmental cond...

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A Christian Counselor’s ADHD Series: What is “Executive Function?”

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center

Part 3 of a 4-Part Series on ADHD (Link to Part 1 & Part 2)

What is “Executive Function,” how is it related to ADHD, and why is it important?

So far in this series, we have explored symptoms people may have with ADHD, the evaluation process, and who should conduct the evaluations. In this third article in the series on Adult ADHD, we will explore what “executive function” is, why it is important, and what can be done if it is not working as well as we would like.
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Adult ADHD – Do I Have It? A Christian Counselor on ADHD

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center

Part 2 of a 4-Part Series on Adult ADHD This is the second article in a four-part series on Adult ADHD. In my previous article, Adult ADHD – Fact versus Fiction,” I looked at some basic questions that people frequently ask about ADHD. This article continues that discussion by looking at the importance of an evaluation, what to expect, and what it should and should not include.

What Does an ADHD Evaluation Involve?

When an adult feels that there is a possibility that they may have ADHD, the next step is often to have an evaluation for the condition.  A t...

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Adult ADHD – Fact versus Fiction: A Christian Counselor on ADHD

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center

Part 1 of a 4-Part Series This is the first article in a series on Adult ADHD in which I discuss common questions and answers regarding the condition. Over recent years, there has been increased awareness and understanding of ADHD as a developmental condition in children, with better diagnostics and individualized options for intervention and treatment. Many adults with ADHD become aware that they may need an evaluation when their own son or daughter is diagnosed with ADHD, and they become aware that they also experience some of the same challenges. While evaluation is an important step in the right direction, it should be conducted by a trained doctor or mental health provider. This is because adults who seek evaluation...

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Hope for People with Anxiety Disorders: A Christian Counselor’s Perspective

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center

What is the difference between a little worry and an anxiety disorder?

Most of us experience anxiety at some point in time. Not all anxiety is bad. A little extra focus and concern often helps us to complete projects and assignments on time. In other circumstances, anxiety can help us to take action quickly if the situation is threatening. Anxiety is a response to perceived danger or threat. It is a natural state that can, in moderate degree and frequency, be a useful tool to maintain someone’s safety. However, when a person experiences ongoing extreme fear and worry that does not go away, he or she may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. At times, the person may experience anxiety so intensely and frequently that it becom...

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A Christian Counselor’s Thoughts on the Power of Judgment and Forgiveness

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center

  How many of us have grown up thinking about the American dream—if you just work hard enough, you can accomplish your dreams? And how many times have we heard that the reason our lives are going well, ornot going well, is because—according to the cause-effect mentality—“if you live a righteous life, you will be blessed and will never have to deal with difficulty.” And the flip side of that is: “Wow, your health (or life) is a wreck. What did you do to get yourself into that mess?”

The False Security of the Cause-Effect Mentality

Lots and lots of clichés. We’ve all heard them, ...

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What Causes Depression and How Is It Treated In Christian Counseling?

By Julie Stroemel, PsyD, Mill Creek Counseling Center

Prevalence

During any given year, the National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that as many as 17 million Americans suffer from depression. Depression is a real illness which is costly in terms of relationship problems, family suffering and lost productivity at work. The good news is that depression is highly treatable.

Symptoms

While all of us feel sad or down sometimes, these feelings tend to pass quickly.  Depression, on the other hand, may be present if symptoms persist more than two weeks. A person with depression often has feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, guilt and self-blame. Dep...

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