Symptoms of ADHD Reversed with Mindfulness Meditation.

  Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity and the inability to focus that interferes with functioning or development. Symptoms of ADHD also include lack of clarity of thought, distractibility and forgetfulness. It affects school performance, social skills, and educational outcome. Considerable research has shown that the effects of Mindfulness Meditation include greater attentiveness, clarity of focus and clarity of thought. Other effects of meditation include greater sense of peacefulness and stillness, feelings of centeredness, and improved memory. Data indicates that Mindfulness Meditation when taught to those with ADHD, has lasting effects of reversing or eliminating the symptoms of ADHD. The outcomes include improved cognitive performance, improved coping skills and school performance, and improved test scores and grades. Secondary outcomes include greater social skills and educational outcome, as well as improved mood and mental status. The Table below shows a list of indicators for ADHD included in the DSM-V, categorized as either Inattentive, or Hyperactive/Impulsive. This Table also shows the corresponding benefits of meditation for each indicator as published in peer reviewed journals. A list of further reading is also provided.

Debbie Norris

Debbie Norris

Deborah Norris, Ph.D. is author of In the Flow: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness, and Editor-in-Chief of MindBodyJournal.com. Dr. Norris is Founder of The Mindfulness Center™, based in Washington, D.C. She is Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University, and past professor at Georgetown University Medical School. Renowned for her online meditation teacher programs, The Science of Mindful Awareness (SOMA), Dr. Norris is an internationally recognized speaker and educator on mindfulness, yoga, and integrative mind-body therapies. A health scientist with over 40 years of experience ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to integrative therapies and lifestyle practices, she teaches and conducts research in mindfulness, behavioral medicine and other holistic approaches to happiness and well-being.


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