Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder, which often starts from childhood and continues into adulthood. Recently mindfulness meditation has been used to promote attention, reduce stress, and improve emotions. Researchers at University of California Los Angeles studied the effects of an 8-week mindfulness training program on ADHD among adults and adolescents (Zylowska et al., 2008).
In the study, a total of 24 adults and 8 adolescents with ADHD participated the 8-week mindfulness training program (Zylowska et al., 2008). The study showed that most of the participants finished the training with high levels of satisfaction. Significant improvements were reported about ADHD symptoms and test performance. The symptoms of anxiety and depression were also improved.
This study indicates that mindfulness meditation may be useful for healing behavioral and neurocognitive disorders in adults and adolescents. Further studies with controlled clinical trials, and research on how meditation can influence neurophysiological processes are needed to find out the scientific mechanisms of the mind-body intervention.
Zylowska, L., Ackerman, D. L., et al. (2008) Mindfulness meditation training in adults and adolescents with ADHD: a feasibility study. J Atten Disord 11, 737-746.