According to an article in Partnership for Work Place, Mental Health, (2016) “ Contrary to popular belief, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not just occur in children. ADHD can affect adults too. While some children seem to outgrow the disorder or learn to compensate for the symptoms, others do not. Many adults with ADHD do not realize they have the disorder. Common symptoms in adults include difficulty following directions, remembering information, concentrating, organizing tasks, or completing work within time limits.
ADHD affects workplace performance. Research indicates that adults with ADHD put in 22.1 fewer days at work per year than people without the condition-nearly a month’s worth of workdays.1 The good news is that effective treatment is available. Adults with ADHD are treated with medication, psychotherapy, or a combination. Behavior management strategies, such as ways to minimize distractions and improve organization, can also be helpful.”
CAUSE AND EFFECT
It is no secret that the staggering neglect of mental health awareness has taken a toll on society as a whole. It is almost unbelievable how employers seem to ignore the growing demands of mental health awareness in the workplace. Within the last twenty years alone, and during the course of various employment opportunities for most persons, there has been the need for at least some kind of mental health or spiritual care support in the workplace. Most notably in the health care settings, finance industries, educational systems, and retail management locations of various genres. There must be an allocation for employee mental health concerns, and spiritual well being when considering the need to hire or replace employees during the course of business operations.
Most notably, with the rise of the #metoo movement and women’s rights within the workplace, we are shown the gross neglect of concern for women, and men in the workplace. As women are demanding more pay and means for promotion, we also have to address the fact that more and more women are coming into the workforce and educating themselves to take on jobs and or positions that men used to possess. There is also a concern for the children who are now left in the care of strangers at various daycare facilities across the country, as well as public and private school settings which contain children from distressed homes.
Overall, there needs to be an immediate solution as to how we as a nation will address the rising mental health concerns of our citizens, from the top to the bottom. All working adults should undergo at least bi-annually some form of mental health evaluation or the opportunity to take advantage of spiritual care and consistent mental and physical upkeep. It’s like taking one’s precious car for maintenance and repair, doesn’t the mind, body, and soul need maintenance and repair as well? Further, what can we do to prevent the onset or continuance of #ADHD in adults and occurrences such as the symptoms stated above or other mental health diagnoses?
We cannot ignore the obvious prolonged effects of neglecting mental health!! Just look at the acts of violence in our schools, around campuses, in leisure settings such as movie theaters, restaurants, clubs, concerts, and not to mention where the dysfunction primarily occurs, in the home. We must take drastic measures to address these concerns and more!
Here’s how together we can take action to address the mental health crisis we are facing: start by having open conversations about how we feel. Whether it’s with a pastor, doctor, counselor, teacher, boss, spouse, child, relative, or anyone who will listen. Arriving with a solution begins with admitting there is a problem. Let’s be honest, these problems will always occur as long as there are living organisms. The truth is, we are all tainted by sin, and in some way or another are connected in our weaknesses. There is no need for shame or hesitancy. Being honest can save lives, prevent crimes of all kinds and keep our communities and nations safe. Our children are depending on us to help them by taking the time to help ourselves. Of course, there are deeper rooted issues and not all will adhere to the crisis and necessary intervention needed for a sense of well being to loom over our homes, workplaces, and nation. However, if each person takes responsibility we can all have a fighting chance of overcoming the effects of mental illness, and suppression. Let’s talk about it!
The sun will come out tomorrow if we do the work today to ensure the breakthroughs. What a strong workforce needs is resilience!
If you or someone you know is having a prolonged sense of sadness, feel disgruntled with an employee, employer, co-worker, spouse, teacher, parent, a fellow student, government employee, administrator, political official, public servant or law enforcement, please say something. Don’t lose the opportunity to save a life or lives. We are losing way too many people through events such as #suicide, #terrorism, #domesticviolence, #rape #hatecrimes, #incest, failed relationship patterns through a divorce, lack of financial obligation and insolence, as well as other unseen acts of violence. It’s time to be accountable and stop enabling the evil in our world. Intuition and discernment are needed. Let’s not turn a blind eye, or play deaf because we are afraid of losing our jobs, or a promotion. We all have to give account for what we do in this world. Let’s take a deeper look at ourselves. How are we addressing ADHD in the workplace and other noticeable forms of mental insufficiencies?
Are we paying attention to our health enough? As parents do we adequately prepare our minds, and bodies for procreation? Do we not know that the fruit is a product of the tree, and the seed of that tree? Most of us try to eat healthy, and exercise, but what about mental health? Being a gym rat or health enthusiast should encompass a holistic approach to wellness. We care so much about how we look, but how about how we feel? Are we getting enough sleep? How do we handle conflict? Do we play the blame game, point fingers, accuse others of wrongdoing when we are also responsible for our own thoughts and actions? Do we allow past events to linger and bring them up each chance we get? Do we know that we are aiding and abetting criminals by overlooking the real causes of our own actions? Are we blaming our parents only, for our failures? What about slavery, and or racism? Is everything or every problem we experience always about racism? What about disrespect, disloyalty, greed, jealousy, rage, lust, anger, bitterness, pride, etc? Do we know that sin is the reason for our fallen state of being, and thus produces wrong thoughts, speech, and actions? How should think, speak and act towards one another? Aren’t we all the same? Does it matter where we’re born? Should our pigmentation determine how we’re treated? If so, why? Where does this thinking originate? How about sin, and the fallen beings that we are, and hence the fallen world we live in?
Deep within we all know right from wrong, even a baby. So why choose evil? Why listen to the negativity spewed at us daily?
We’re human and not all of us are built the same, or raised in the same environment that either praised, encouraged or renounced sin? You see, the greatest chance anyone has at finding the truth is by looking inside, and addressing the void, the pain, the resentment or whatever emotion that consumes the mind. Unless we address the void, there will never be a chance to fill it. If you don’t want to feel the void any more simply state it. State what you want, and your words will activate your own healing. You may not see all the results at one time that will address all of your concerns but you will over time if you are consistent. Remember, life is a journey. Allow yourself to feel every emotion, voice them, and give yourself permission to expel that emotion if it doesn’t serve you well. Simply let go of the bad and hold on to the good. Choose life. Life is good. God is good. Therefore, life with God, and through God is good. Without God the Creator of the Universe we are nothing. We were all created to fellowship with our Creator. We were created perfectly and had everything we needed and more. However, the free will we were all created with, chose to lean towards autonomy and forgot about God, our life source. (Genesis 3.) So, we are all on an individual and collective journey becoming less and less fallen and more and more wholesome. It takes time but with a committed heart and mind, we will overcome the fallen state of mind and body. What matters is that our mind is aligned with our body and soul. Sickness and disease come from a tainted mind, body, and soul. Dis-ease causes sickness. Stress and worry deplete the body, and sin causes confusion and destruction. It important that we look inside, mend the bonds torn by pride, and see that we can be made whole again.
We don’t have to worry anymore, stress anymore, overthink, think less, or fail to see the beauty in all of your life.
IT’S OUR CHOICE!!! We can also advocate for others after we have been helped and pay it forward!!
9 What do workers gain from their toil? (E) 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. (F) 11 He
has made everything beautiful in its time. (G) He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can
fathom(H) what God has done from beginning to end. (I) [ Biblegateway.com]
Forgive yourself, and others. Love God, and love others. Be well, and be made whole today!
In conclusion, ADHD in the workplace: another epidemic and its cause is merely an occurrence based on the fallen nature of mankind. Some have the tendency, some don’t. Some handle it better, some don’t. Regardless, let faith, love, and hope abide in all that one day we will not have to experience any more occurrences of any form of sickness or disease process ever again. (Revelation 21)
May the God of Peace be with us all.
Bishop Crystal E. Melville -Marketplace Chaplain
P.s. If you are a business entity and is in need of pastoral care and mental health support for your employees, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I also support individuals and their families one on one and in group settings as needed. I am also available for public speaking events, seminars, and teachings.
You may contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my website here: www.crystalemelville.com. Prayer requests are welcomed and encouraged!
“ Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” ~ Psalm 30:4–5 (NIV)
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