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.

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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.

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