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J Atten Disord. 2008 May;11(6):737-46. Epub 2007 Nov 19.

Mindfulness meditation training in adults and adolescents with ADHD: a feasibility study.

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  • 1University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA. lzylowsk@ucla.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

ADHD is a childhood-onset psychiatric condition that often continues into adulthood. Stimulant medications are the mainstay of treatment; however, additional approaches are frequently desired. In recent years, mindfulness meditation has been proposed to improve attention, reduce stress, and improve mood. This study tests the feasibility of an 8-week mindfulness training program for adults and adolescents with ADHD.

METHOD:

Twenty-four adults and eight adolescents with ADHD enrolled in a feasibility study of an 8-week mindfulness training program.

RESULTS:

The majority of participants completed the training and reported high satisfaction with the training. Pre-post improvements in self-reported ADHD symptoms and test performance on tasks measuring attention and cognitive inhibition were noted. Improvements in anxiety and depressive symptoms were also observed.

CONCLUSION:

Mindfulness training is a feasible intervention in a subset of ADHD adults and adolescents and may improve behavioral and neurocognitive impairments. A controlled clinical study is warranted.

PMID:
18025249
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