Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has recently become increasingly diagnosed for children and adolescents. As of now, the most common treatment method is medication, with the purpose of changing brain organization. Recently, however, there has been increasing interest in the use of mindfulness meditation to treat the symptoms associated with ADHD. In this paper, eleven different studies, which have introduced mindfulness meditation as a treatment method for ADHD, are analyzed. The studies measure the degree to which mindfulness meditation improves common symptoms associated with ADHD. These symptoms include attentional problems, reduced mindful awareness, externalizing and internalizing problems, reduced self-control, impaired social behavior, and reduced cognition and executive functioning. Different scales were used to measure the different variables. Overall, the studies showed improvement in all ADHD symptoms, following a mindfulness meditation intervention program. The results suggest the possibility of mindfulness-meditation being the primary treatment method for individuals with ADHD. Research on this topic should continue to be conducted in order to improve the legitimacy of these findings.
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Gibson, Talia, "The Effects of Meditation on Brain Organization and the Implications for Treating ADHD" (2017). Honors Projects. 246.