Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorder characterized by impulsivity, inattention, and hyperactivity.Typical treatment usually consists of behavioral accommodations and medication, with stimulant medication being prescribed. Due to the side effects and long-term use of medications parents are increasingly seeking alternatives to pharmacologic treatment.
Numerous studies have even demonstrated that children with a variety of conditions—such as depression, anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and eating disorders—benefit from practicing yoga and mindfulness. Science has shown that well-conducted mindfulness practices can reduce the symptoms of these conditions and help children be calm, resilient, and happy.
Lets Look at the Research
Zylowska et al. (2007) investigated the efficacy of a 8-week mindfulness training program on adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The results demonstrated improvements in ADHD symptoms. Performance on tasks measuring attention and cognitive inhibition improved after the 8-week mindfulness program. Additionally, anxiety and depressive symptoms decreased.
A review of recent studies published in the Journal of Positive Psychology investigated the effectiveness of mindfulness and yoga on children and adolescents with ADHD . The findings suggest yoga and mindfulness are effective in reducing ADHD symptoms, improving sleep, anxiety, and parent-child relationship, indicating that these treatments are economical and effective management tools for ADHD. diagnosed children.
Mindfulness and yoga are a feasible intervention for children with ADHD. Research shows improvements in behavioral and neuro-cognitive impairments. However, more research is needed in this area.
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Agarwal, N., & Sarthi, P. (2020). Efficacy of yoga and mindfulness as a potential intervention for children with ADHD: a review study. Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, 11(3), 191-196.