Childhood ADHD rate increases 22% in the U.S. Can the TM technique help?

by Mario Orsatti on December 13, 2010

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Nearly 1 in 10 children in the U.S. has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and the rate appears to be growing, according to a report released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder commonly diagnosed in childhood. People with ADHD have trouble focusing, controlling impulsive behaviors, and may be overly active.

Shocking facts on ADHD

ritalinThe percentage of children who have ever been diagnosed with ADHD increased by 22 % between 2003 and 2007, the CDC found, and two-thirds of all children with ADHD were taking ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall—prescription drugs that carry warnings mandated by the government to alert people to their potential for negative side-effects. The estimated 2.7 million children ages 4 to 17 taking ADHD drugs represent five percent of all children nationwide in that age group, according to the report.

In addition to the typical behavioral problems children who suffer from ADHD typically experience, students with ADHD are much more likely to drop out of high school before graduation, according to a new study conducted at the University of California at Davis and published in July in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Can the Transcendental Meditation program help?

According to recent research conducted on meditating children with ADHD, the TM® technique produces significant benefits.

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“The Transcendental Meditation technique increases blood flow to the brain,” says ADHD researcher Dr. Sarina Grosswald. “That’s important because one of the physiological correlates of ADHD is reduced blood flow in the brain. Practice of the TM technique also results in a dramatic reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression.” Dr. Grosswald’s study also found that organization, memory and strategizing skills significantly improved.

Dr. William Stixrud, a prominent Washington, D.C.-area neuropsychologist, says that he would like to see the TM technique offered in all of America’s schools. “It’s crazy that the first response for kids who are anxious is to put them on medication and not to teach them a way to regulate their own mind and body.”

In the words of a meditating 13-year-old boy in the study, “It’s amazing how easy it is and yet it does so much for you.”

Web references:
Transcendental Meditation reduces ADHD symptoms among students
ADHD and Transcendental Meditation
CNN: CDC: Childhood ADHD rate rises 22 percent

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  • shivili

    This is amazing analysis 100% workable with Transcendental Meditation nothing can go wrong. it is tranforming all elements of illness and disorders. With no side effects and is life long assest. I am a diligent and dedicated Meditator since the past eight years- the healing is incrediable. Do not let go of this chance. all the best.

  • Evolving Entirety

    By providing deep deep rest to the nervous system, Transcendental Meditation most certainly helps to eliminate all undue pressure and strain from both the mind and body and makes one feel more centred, more fresh, more positive, much more relaxed and calm and able to direct one’s thoughts and energies in a much more effecient and effective way.

    It is undoubtedly the best technique available for not only reducing anxiety, nervousness and stress but also for developing one’s skills and potential to the optimum. It is must for all chlidren with ADHD because it really works and helps. These children should be in every way protected from the negative side-effects of medicines and Transcendental Meditation can surely help do this in a very natural, easy and effortless way.

  • http://www.meditation-forbeginners.com/ Andy

    It seems to me that modern problems like ADHD can be greatly reduced if children learnt to meditate every day, even if it was just for an hour or less.

    I have always been a great believer in meditation every day. I try to get an hour in before I eat in the morning, but it can be incredible difficult for many people.

    Many have busy lives, work, children, bills etc. I really think that it’s something which must be a life priority. For many people, the fact that they meditate on a daily basis, actually helps to make every day more structured and positive.

    The difficulty is the transition from not meditation to getting into daily meditation. Once you’re there it just all slips into life and becomes easier.

    Andy

  • DR .DAVID O’CONNELL

    AN INTEGRATED APPROACH IS ALWAYS NEEDED EG. COMBINING TM WITH BEHAVIORAL THERAPY AND MEDICATION AND PERHAPS OTHER APPROACHES SUCH AS MAHARISHI VEDIC MEDICINE.MENTAL DISORDERS ARE CHRONIC,RECURRING AND REQUIRE MULTI-STRATEGY APPROACHES.IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND A THERAPIST WITH A VEDIC PERSPECTIVE AND SKILL SET TO HELP THESE CHILDREN .TM SHOULD BE INCLUDED AS A TREATMENT OF CHOICE WITH ADHD.

    • http://Tm.org Mario Orsatti

      This is certainly true, Dr. O’Connell. In many cases where a person has a psychological disorder TM can play an essential role in helping improve their situation in a fundamental way. It’s why a growing number of neuropsychologists, like Dr. William Stixrud in Washington, DC (see: http://www.tm.org/blog/video/stress-child/) recommend learning TM to their clients. However, although TM might be an essential part of helping a person with a problem like ADHD, in many cases it is not sufficient. I think that this special feature that appeared on PBS about TM & ADHD provides some insight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYPdAbvQpIw

  • ANTHONY SPICER

    THERES NOTHING WRONG WITH ADHD I HAVE IT AND IM FINE

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