The Now Effect, does it work if you have ADHD?“The writings and practices in The Now Effect don’t only come from my experience, but from the experience of thousands and thousands of people who have struggled with a whole host of life’s issues from stress and pain including anxiety, depression, ADHD, addiction and trauma.

Underlying the entire book is the aspiration to develop more playfulness with yourself and allow this to be a new adventure into your life.”

~ Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.


Here at Psych Central we’re excited to congratulate fellow writer Elisha Goldstein, PhD, on the publication of his latest book, The Now Effect: How This Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life (Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2012).

Dr. Goldstein, a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles, writes a blog for Psych Central called Mindfulness & Psychotherapy.

As mindfulness meditation is seen to be an effective treatment for ADHD (when included in a multimodal approach), I decided to speak with Goldstein to find out if his latest book has something to offer those of us with ADHD.

Here’s our conversation (abridged for the purposes of this blog post).

Zoe: Approximately 20% of people with ADHD also have a learning disability. A great number don’t like to read; how would you suggest they access the information in your book?

Elisha:  You might say that this book is written precisely for someone with ADHD. This is why I made all the chapters about 2-4 pages long and interactive with short instructional videos.

[ZK: It’s a “smart book,” meaning it comes with microsoft tags in the chapters to scan with your phone/iPad, etc. to access the videos of Elisha leading people through mindful practices. iPad or Nook versions have the videos embedded. For those without this technology, the book provides links to the site where the videos are hosted and written instructions are also included in the book.]

Zoe:  Will there be an audiobook version available in the future?

Elisha:  There will be an audio version, but it won’t be out for a while.

Zoe:  Will the mindfulness practices in the book work for people with ADHD?

Elisha: Of course. There’s actual research pointing to this that have shown wonderful results with people who have ADHD. I’ve also worked with many people with ADHD, the simple fact is that when you intentionally practice and repeat this over time it begins to become more automatic.

Zoe:  People with ADHD often look for instant payoff. How can we entice those who are hardwired to seek out experiences with instant reward to embark on the practices you suggest?

Elisha: In my experience and those that I’ve worked with, people start noticing differences in moments in the day immediately. At the same time that doesn’t mean there’s permanent life change immediately and that can be frustrating. Genetics and years of habit have created deeply ingrained grooves in the brain that may take some time to rewire. One of the virtues in this work is cultivating a natural ability toward greater patience. My experience: Greater focused attention, less stress, and a happier life.

We have to be aware to change our relationships to the thoughts that send us further away from healing. The Now Effect trains us to be more aware of that space, come down from the judging mind, into states of greater mindfulness and patience.



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    Last reviewed: 20 Mar 2012

APA Reference
Kessler, Z. (2012). ADHD: What The Now Effect Can Do for You – Part I. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 29, 2015, from


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