Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition in which characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. ADHD is most commonly diagnosed in young people, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). An estimated 9% of children between ages 3–17 have ADHD. While ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, it does not only affect children. An estimated 4% of adults have ADHD.
With treatment, most people with ADHD can be successful in school, work and lead productive lives. Researchers are using new tools such as brain imaging to better understand the condition and to find more effective ways to treat and prevent ADHD.
Workshops on Mental Illness and the Church
Hosted by Yorba Linda Friends and the Christian Medical and Dental Associations’ Psychiatry Section.
Friends Church Yorba Linda represents the Friends denomination, which has a legacy of social action and history of mental health advocacy, healing and reducing the stigma of mental illness. The CMDA is a nationwide organization of over 19,000 Christian health care professionals and students, providing resources, relationships, education and public advocacy. The psychiatry section has been in existence since the early 1960’s.
Presentations address conditions in Adults and Children and include Question and Answer sessions. Conditions to be discussed include Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder (BPD), Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and others. Presentations are provided here as they are available.
Agenda and Media for Viewing
Session 1: ADHD In Adolescents and Children – Psychiatric Aspects. Dr. Michael Tramell, MD, board-certified in Child, Adolescent and Forensic Psychiatry, MPH, MDiv, Assistant Professor at UCSD and USC, and in private practice, discusses Attention Disorder Hyperactivity Disorder in children and adolescents.
Session 2: ADHD in Adolescents and Children: Psychological Aspects. Dr. Rachel Berg-Martinez, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, provides therapy, psychological testing, consultation, and training at The Center for Individual and Family Therapy (CIFT) and supervises at Vanguard University’s Counseling Center. Dr. Berg-Martinez specializes in treating trauma in children and adults, disruptive behaviors in young children, parent-child attachment and relationship issues, and those impacted by foster care and adoption. She has been trained in the following evidenced-based practices: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Incredible Years Parenting Program, Managing and Adapting Practices, the TIES Transition Model including Adoption-Specific Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Session 3: ADHD in Adults. Dr. Tom Okamoto, MD is a Board Certified Christian psychiatrist, and has practiced for over 3 decades in different settings. He was the medical director for Minirth Meier Clinics West, working alongside John Townsend and Henry Cloud. He is married to Evelyn and has three grown children, and has attended Yorba Linda Friends Church for nearly twenty five years.
Session 4: Pastoral Aspects of ADHD, and Q&A from Audience. Rev. Kent Kraning, Pastor of Adult Care, Friends Church provides scriptural insights into ADHD and then Dr. Thomas Okamoko MD, Dr. Michael Tramell MD, and Dr. Berg-Martinez PhD answer questions from attendees of the workshop.
We are grateful to the presenters and attendees who participated in this endeavor. We pray that it is greatly used within the church and by individuals struggling with mental illnesses. If individual assistance is needed, please contact your local church or the Psychiatry Section Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.