Mindfulness Program for ADHD

An eight-step program for strengthening attention, managing emotions and achieving your goals

In this eight-week evidence-based program (created by Dr Lydia Zylowska) you will given information about how your ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) brain works and how to use mindful awareness to work with these challenges. You will practice a range of mindfulness meditation practices such as sitting meditation, body awareness, thoughtful speaking and listening, development of self-acceptance, mindful self-coaching and a cultivation of a balanced view of thoughts and emotions.  Read about some of the research here.

 

Some questions to consider:


  • If there were a mental training that improved your attention, impulse control and quality of life – would you try it?
  • If you could stop back form old patterns and reactions and create new ways of handling stress and taking action in your life – would you do it?
  • If you could have more emotional balance and stablity for you – would you be willing to make lifestyle changes? 

 

Come and see what this eight week training can offer you.

 

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What will you be learning in the course?

What is the evidence for this program?

This program was created by Dr Lydia Zylowska who created a pilot mindfulness program at UCLA which has the potential to dramatically improve focus and other executive skills in adults and teenagers with attentional difficulties.

78% of the study participants reported reductions in ADHD symptoms, and 30% of the participants reported “clinically” reduced symptoms, which means they had a 30% or more reduction. They also found participants who did the mindfulness training did significantly better for “measures of attentional conflict” (when two or more things compete for your attention). And, as a bonus, participants also made improvements on measures of depression and anxiety. The pilot showed promising results which needs further validation by randomised controlled studies.

Read more about the research here.

 

How is the program different from MBSR?

This program has been modified so that it is more user-friendly for people with ADHD symptoms.  Practices at the beginning of the program are shorter and build up gradually over the 8 weeks.  There is a stronger use of visual images in the learning and also emphasis on mindful walking and other movement practice instead of doing the sitting practice if this is found to be more workable.

Have the teachers had experience of working with people with ADHD?

Both teachers for this course have extensive counselling experience in the adult education sector, working with students with all kinds of challenges including many with ADHD. They bring understanding, humour, kindness and knowledge to this training process.


What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.

 

 

Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.

 

 

Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 

 

Roz , 2018