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.
Zylowska L, Ackerman DL, Yang MH, Futrell JL, Horton NL, Hale TS, Pataki C, Smalley SL. Mindfulness meditation training in adults and adolescents with ADHD: a feasibility study. J Atten Disord. 2008 May;11(6):737-46. doi: 10.1177/1087054707308502. Epub 2007 Nov 19. PMID: 18025249.