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A happy alternative with side benefits may fill the gap of the ADHD drug shortage
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7 March 2012
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With about 5.4 million children and 1.5 million adults using Ritalin, Adderall or other drugs for ADHD, demand for these medications is now far greater than the supply available in the US. Jeanne Ball describes the severity of the situation in a recent Huffington Post article entitled ADHD Drug Shortage: Can Meditation Fill the Gap?—with some people going from one drugstore to another trying to fill their prescription.
But Ms Ball also points out an option being recognized by a growing number of health care professionals who have become aware of 'the viability of effective meditation for overcoming ADHD'. She goes on to share her own experience as a teacher of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique, noting that 'I routinely witness meditation's transformative effects on children and adults with ADHD.'
She presents recent research published in Mind & Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry reporting the effects of twice-daily Transcendental Meditation practice in students with ADHD, including significant 'improvement in brain functioning and reduction of ADHD symptoms within three to six months'.
She also compares research findings on Transcendental Meditation with those on other interventions used in treating ADHD. And two case studies highlight how students have been able to greatly decrease or eliminate their use of drugs.
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