12 March 2009

Transcendental Meditation minimizes ADHD symptoms in children

A recent study by the researchers at George Washington University has revealed that practicing Transcendental Meditation for a minimum of 10 minutes a day has the ability to considerably reduce ADHD (Attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder) symptoms in children.

ADHD is a common behavioral disorder affecting 8 to 10 percent of school-age children. Kids with ADHD, usually act without thinking, have trouble focusing on a particularly activity and are generally hyperactive. Although, such children understand what is expected of them, they experience trouble in focusing, due to their lack of ability to sit still, focus, or pay attention to details.

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A group of 10 students in the age-group 11-14 years, diagnosed with ADHD, were asked to practice meditation twice a day in school for ten minutes, by the researchers during their study.

Following three months of practice, it was noticed that the students showed more than 50% reduction in stress and anxiety levels and improvement in ADHD symptoms.

The lead researcher at the University, Sarina J. Grosswald, said that the impact of meditation was much more than expected. The children showed considerable improvement in attention span, organizing skills, working memory, and behavior regulation.

According to Grosswald, when the in-school meditation routine was incorporated, teachers were able to teach more, and students were able to learn more, as they were less stressed and anxious.

The clinical Neuropsychologist and co-author of the study, William Stixrud, at Silver Spring, Maryland, explained that stress generally interferes with the ability to study, as it shuts down the brain. Although medication for ADHD is effective for few children, it is ineffective among others, and there is the additional worry of associated side effects.

“It is normally difficult for anyone under stressful conditions to pay attention or organize themselves and get things done. Hence, Transcendental Meditation technique, which reduces stress and organizes brain functioning can reduce ADHD symptoms, too” Stixrud added.

The study appeared on the journal “Current Issues of Education.”


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