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Medication or Meditation? Non-drug Help for ADHDers

I’ve been buzzed since I was a kid. More accurately — buzzing. Like a bee, from one thing to another. I could never sit still. Still can’t. When I was a kid, I drove my mom crazy. “Why don’t you just light somewhere?” she’d yell, exasperated. It wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized she meant, sit down already!

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Medication or Meditation? Non-drug Help for ADHDers

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  1. Zoe, great piece.You may be aware that significant research in this field has been conducted by the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. They concur with your observations and personal insights.

    Technology exists that assists in mindfulness. Our school uses Play Attention ( for our students with attention problems. You should see it as it is emblematic of insights.

    • Hi Kirk. Thanks so much for your comments. I’m glad I’m on track here, and hope that more people can benefit from the great work that’s being done. I’ll check out the link you provided, and thanks for sharing. Cheers, Zoë

  2. Zoe, I enjoyed reading your insight into meditation and ADHD. It’s important for people to understand that there are alternatives to medications and it is helpful to read about someone’s personal success. I’ve heard of people using biofeedback, dietary approaches, brain exercises, behavioral strategies, a Gluten Free and Casein Free diet, physical activities, cognitive training, and much more. It’s a lot to consider, but well worth the effort. Thanks.

    • Hi Danette. I agree, there is a lot on offer out there; I’m hoping to touch upon some of these alternatives from time to time in future posts. I think just as medications affect everyone differently, so too, some of these techniques are more or less helpful and we just have to keep trying until we find something that helps. It’s also important to tune into our own bodies, minds and hearts; sometimes I find the hype out there of those trying to sell us something that isn’t necessarily for us, or something that simply doesn’t work, can be really loud. As I quoted in one of my last blogs, “Know Thyself” seems to be a marvelous guideline, and it’s never too late to get to know yourself better. Thanks for writing!

  3. Question: Hi Zoe
    What is the strand of Buddhist meditation you practice involving chanting beads and mandala’s?
    Your page is informative and helpful.

    • Hi Cathryn. I learned the meditation as a member of Soka Gakkai International(SGI), which is a Mahayana-based Buddhist practice. The focus is on peace, culture and education through personal change and social responsibillity. I like many of the Buddhist philosophies, and as I mentioned, this particular form of meditation practice helped my ADHD enormously. Thanks for reading my post, and all the best to you!

  4. This is a great article– there are actually a few training programs out there for people with ADHD that combine meditation with biofeedback to stimulate beta activity.

    • Hi Robin. Thanks for reading my post, and for sharing this information. Cheers, Zoë

  5. Those interested might want to check out Mindful Solutions for Adult ADD/ADHD which introduces what mindfulness is, how it works with ADHD and provides a number of guided mindfulness practices.

    You can find it here:

    • Thanks for sharing this information, Dr. Goldstein. I want to note that I cannot endorse any therapies, medications, practices or anything else that I haven’t personally tried, and this is one of them. But I sure do like to pass on whatever information might be helpful. I think it’s still a brave new world and we’re all learning together. Best, Zoë

  6. Not necessarily everyone gets the best solution after the treatment of medication. Everyone has their own way to cope up with things and it varies from person to person.There are people who are just living because of medicines and some with meditation. Meditation gives peace of mind while some gets medication takes out pain from the body.

    • It’s true, Anna, for a small minority, no ADHD medication is helpful at all. Thank goodness there are other approaches we can try to see what works. And thank goodness for tenacity. The key is, don’t give up, and keep smiling!


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