Mindfulness Treatment for ADHD

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Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy has been demonstrated to effectively treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The symptoms of ADHD, such as distractibility, poor concentration, impulsivity, and hyperactivity, can be improved by redirecting the client’s intentions. For example, one aspect of cognitive behavioral therapy is mindfulness meditation, which quells ADHD symptoms by bringing conscious awareness to the present. A recent pilot study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders shows that retraining the mind and body to focus awareness on the here and now without judgment or criticism, which allows clients to better cope with their ADHD symptoms. The pilot study found that in addition to reducing ADHD symptoms, mindfulness therapy improved areas of executive functioning, self-compassion, and mental health.