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A Study On ADHD And TM


According to, “It’s well-accepted that meditation offers some kinds of reward (health, serenity, centeredness, etc.) to practically anyone persistent enough to keep practicing it. But how about kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Wouldn’t you think they would make up one of the last groups that could reap benefits from meditation? In fact, the question might just be whether they could remain still and quiet long enough to engage in it.”  This article will explore summarize a study used on children with ADHD, using TM.

Purpose And Expectations Of The Study

According to, the following represent the purpose and expectations of the study:

A team of researchers was really thinking “out of the box” when they decided to see, not only if pre-adolescents with ADHD could in fact practice transcendental meditation (TM), but also if the experience would effectively reduce any of their symptoms. And, contrary to what some of us might think, TM does not require abilities to concentrate, focus with discipline, or thought control. In fact, it is unique among types of meditation in that it is easy to learn and practicable with very little effort. Perfect for ADHD kids! What’s more, if the practice of meditation can yield results like lowering stress and increasing brain function—just what the doctor ordered for a child with ADHD—then the real question is why this hadn’t been tried before.

How The Study Was Conducted

According to, the following represents how the study was conducted:

Children who participated in the study were enrolled at a school with a curriculum designed for language-based learning disabilities. And, even though it was a small sample (n=18), the findings are extremely noteworthy and call for follow-up as well as additional studies. For six months, the children engaged in the practice of TM, and during that time, EEG tests were run to check the electrical activity of their brains while performing challenging visual-motor tasks on computer requiring attention, focus, memory, and impulse control. (These tests are used for ADHD diagnosis by some experts, based on theta brain waves.)

The Results

According to, the following represent the results of the study:

The students caught on quickly to TM methods and were able to practice it with ease. Results of the electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings showed improved brain functioning, increased brain processing, and improved language-based skills. The transcendental meditation techniques had trained the brain, in this case, to attend to tasks, say the researchers.


To end this article, it can be determined that TM is an effective treatment method for children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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A Study On ADHD And TM

Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!

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Walters, L. (2016). A Study On ADHD And TM. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 3, 2020, from


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