Meditation is gaining prominence as an alternate tool to handle ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD/ ADD) is characterised by shortage of sustained attention. It is mostly seen in children, but can continue through adolescence and adulthood. ADHD victims find it difficult to stay focused and could be over-active too. The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) feels that 8 to 9 million U.S. adults have ADHD.
As with other mental disorders, ADHD could also be due to the play of genes. If a person has been diagnosed with ADHD, there is a 25% to 35% probability of any of his family members also suffering from the same disorder.
Medication can bring about a big change in ADHD victims. However, ADHD medications have its share of adverse effects ranging from decreased appetite to sleep disorders.
A course of Meditation to ADHD victims seems strange to many. How an ADHD person will focus and meditate has been a concern to many. A study led by Lidia Zylowska of the Mindful Awareness Research Centre found out that it is feasible to teach meditation to ADHD victims.
Meditation can bring about a significant reduction in many of the symptoms of ADHD. Regular meditation increases the level of happy neurotransmitters like serotonin and oxytocin. Serotonin makes us calmer and oxytocin reduces anxiety. Meditation has also been found to induce calmness in meditators.
Meditation can regulate Brain function. Meditation has the capability to regulate brain functioning and attention, which is of utmost importance in ADHD victims. Dr. Sandra Chapman of the University of Texas feels that our brain is highly modifiable by everything we do, including Meditation.