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Meditation can reduce bouts of ADHD
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29 November 2006
On 29 November 2006 Ivanhoe Newswire reported:
Some of the approximately four million American school children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, are being helped to focus and learn by practising Transcendental Meditation, or TM, twice a day.
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The article quoted William Stixrud, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist at George Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, as saying '(Practising TM allows you) to experience very profound levels of relaxation while you're wide awake'.
Dr Stixrud explained that ADHD is the 'most common psychosocial disorder in children' in the US and is usually treated with the drug Ritalin.
The article explained that 'Dr Stixrud would like to see [Transcendental] meditation in all of America's schools,' and quoted him as saying, 'It's crazy that we'd have kids, where the first response for a kid who's anxious is put him on medicine and not teach him a way to regulate his own mind and body.'
Dr Stixrud was quoted as saying,'TM is a mental technique that involves simply narrowing the focus of the mind in a very effortless way that allows the mind to settle down. Once the mind settles down, the body becomes deeply relaxed. It allows you to do, to experience very profound levels of relaxation while you're wide awake.'
Sarina Grosswald, an educator, studied the effects on children with ADHD who practised TM. The study showed 'dramatic reductions in stress, anxiety and depression' and that 'organization, memory and strategizing skills significantly improved' the article stated.
The article quoted Grosswald as explaining how TM works with children with ADHD by saying, 'There's increased blood flow to the brain, and that's important because that's one of the things they show with ADHD is that there's reduced blood flow in the brain.'
A sampling of children who practised the meditation technique explained their own results. 'It felt really refreshing, like really cleansing, and I felt really relaxed,' the article quoted 14-year-old Alejandro as saying. 'Eleven-year-old Chana said TM makes her less impulsive. 'I'm starting to think before I talk to my friends,' she said. And 13-year-old Will said, 'It's amazing how easy it is, and yet, yet it does so much for you.'''
The article stated that 'Some schools across the country have already incorporated meditation into their daily routines. Stixrud urges parents to contact the national TM organization to have a speaker come to their child's school to talk to officials about TM.
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