Meditation Program Shown to Help with ADHD

In a recent pilot study reported in the online journal Current Issues in Education, researchers found that teaching children the basics of Transcendental Meditation was effective in improving their attention, working memory, organization and behavioural regulation. While most of the children in the study were on medication, the improvements the participants experienced were above those already being obtained from medication. In the study, participants were asked to do T.M. twice a day for 10 minutes over a period of three months. While the study looked at only a small group of children, the researchers are hopeful that the general reduction in anxiety provided by T.M., and perhaps other relaxation programs, can be replicated in larger studies in the future. This study reinforces the need for research into non-pharmaceutical treatments for ADHD and other disorders.

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3 Responses to Meditation Program Shown to Help with ADHD
  1. Josh Goulding
    January 13, 2009 | 1:07 pm

    Since I was a kid, I have been put on medications for ADHD. It felt like every several months, my doctor would give me a new prescription because of my poor behavior in class. This process occurred all the way through college until I began the Transcendental Meditation technique as part of a large controlled study. TM was easy to do, and after only three months, I noticed significant changes in my ability to focus and participate in class. I went back to my doctor and explained the changes I was experiencing and he told me I could come off the medication and see how things went. My grades improved not only because of my increased concentration, but my organization and planning skills improved as well. This resulted in my GPA increasing from 3.0 to 3.6 my senior year. TM has transformed my life—I have not looked back since.

  2. Edison Carter
    January 21, 2009 | 3:51 pm

    When I was younger I had problems focusing on my homework. I wasn’t diagnosed by any specialist, but I definitely had learning problems. Then I learned TM. My grades immediately went up. What I subjectively noticed was a more relaxed style of functioning while listening to teachers, or reading assignments. I’m very very happy I learned TM and recommend it to students everywhere. If you would like to look into TM, check out Transcendental Meditation & Learning Disorders

  3. Kay
    January 30, 2009 | 1:32 pm

    For 8 years, our children attended a school where Transcendental Meditation is part of the curriculum, and they absolutely blossomed there. They never had ADHD, but my husband and I are very thankful for the greater health, clarity of mind and inner stability that they gained. It was the best investment we made for their future. I highly recommend http://www.tmeducation.org/ as a great resource for anyone wanting to know more.