September 10, 2014 by T. Hilda White

Studies show value of mindfulness in treating ADHD

In recent years, there has been an increase in public disenchantment with what was once the go-to solution for ADHD: pharmaceutical medication. A number of different groups are looking at alternative treatments for this common disorder, and studies show that mindful meditation is a strong contender for becoming the next big ADHD treatment.

“There are no long-term, lasting benefits from taking ADHD medications,” said James M. Swanson, University of California Irvine psychologist. “But mindfulness seems to be training the same areas of the brain that have reduce activity in ADHD.”

Jemme B. Stewart and Dr. Hilda White, owners of Upstream Mindfulness Center and longtime mental health experts, would be the first to tell you about everything mindfulness practices have to offer in increasing motivation and attentiveness.

From children who struggle to focus in the classroom to adults having trouble concentrating at work—mindful meditation opens up the mind for better, more effective and efficient ways of paying attention, while engaging creativity.

For parents of children struggling with ADHD, Upstream will host its first-ever Mindful Parenting Class this October. Led by acclaimed Developmental and Clinical Psychologist Dr. Lois Wandersman, the class aims to improve family life and relationships. Each of the four weekly mindful parenting sessions tackles a different topic: Calm Parenting, Empathy and Acceptance, Positive Discipline, and Coaching.

Read more on the study of mindfulness treatment for ADHD in The New York Times. Upstream offers mindfulness classes in Columbia, SC, that are for people of any type and any level of familiarity with mindfulness practices—beginners included.