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ADHD & Mindfulness

August 13th, 2014 10:35:00 am

ADHD & Mindfulness

Good Therapy.org, reported on a study about mindfulness training saying, “the children enrolled in the mindfulness program exhibited significant declines in nearly all of their symptoms. The parents also experienced declines (in stress), although they were not as dramatic.”  (Journal of Child & Family Studies, (21.1, 139-147.))


Pub Med dismissed it by saying “However, in the absence of substantial effects on teacher-ratings, we cannot ascertain effects are due to specific treatment procedures.’ 


So because no one asked the teachers, that invalidates it?  What would have happened if the teachers had participated in mindfulness training along with the parents?  What is mindfulness training?


According to GoodTherapy.orgMindfulness Based Approaches are designed to deliberately focus one’s attention on the present experience in a way that is non-judgmental. Mindfulness has its roots in Eastern techniques, in particular Buddhist meditation. “


Many forms of mindfulness training have popped up based on the Buddhist approach of mindfulness.


Science Daily reported about a study done by Massachusetts General Hospital, which found, that mindfulness meditation training changes brain structure in eight weeks.  They further reported that: “The analysis of MR images, which focused on areas where meditation-associated differences were seen in earlier studies, found increased grey-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion and introspection.”  The study appeared in the January 30 issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.


So if parents (an who knows maybe teachers), as well as ADD/HD child themselves were given eight weeks (or maybe over summer break?) mindfulness training, and some dietary shifts were made, as well as the children were giving a more interactive, participatory and stimulating curriculum, would medication even be necessary?


Furthermore, what a revolutionary concept that the adults involved with these, or any children, should stay 100% present, in the moment and not becoming from a place of fear or anxiety. Nah, that couldn’t make a difference.



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