The question has risen as to whether or not meditation can have a positive effect for those who suffer with ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder. The simple answer is that yes, for many who suffer from this very common form of mental imbalance, meditation classes such as those offered in Portland Oregon can make a big difference in their lives. Not only will this simple exercise help those with ADD, but recent research shows that it will also help those with ADHD or Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder.
The medical or scientific version of this is that as the practice of meditation helps to relax the body and calm the mind both endorphins and serotonin are produced. These are naturally occurring chemicals within our bodies that help us to relax and feel good. At the same time both of them will counteract the overproduction of adrenalin that is the result of stress and anxiety, both of which are very much an issue with anyone who suffers from either ADD or ADHD.
To go further, and explain in more understandable terms, those who have ADD and ADHD have impaired brain functions that allow the carefully orchestrated chemical balance of these substances in their brains to become imbalanced. This imbalance leads to behavioral problems, an inability to remain focused and on task and the need to be constantly on the move or fidgeting. Meditation training has been found to help those with both of these conditions achieve a balance of these chemicals by balancing the neurotransmitters in the brain.
In this way the practice of meditation has similar effects on the sufferer’s brain as the various forms of medication that are currently in use. The big difference is that unlike the various pharmaceuticals in use today, meditation does not have the know side effects these medications do that can range from mild to deadly. How is it possible for meditation classes to have the same effects as the different drugs in use? It does so by allowing the person’s brain to slow down and relax.
As their brain relaxes it produces higher levels of serotonin which creates a feeling of well-being and contentment. In turn this allows the person to become more focused and allow less of the daily stresses in their lives to affect them. Meditation has also been found to lead to a much higher quality of sleep for longer periods of time, something that most ADD/ADHD sufferers will tell you that they never get.
How effective is meditation for those with ADD and ADHD? In a 2004 study conducted at the Chelsea School in Silver Springs, a research group of children diagnosed with ADHD were taught to meditate for 10 minutes twice each day at school and once a day at home on the weekends. The results showed that within two to three months these children exhibited far more control over all of the aspects of their lives that were affected by their ADHD and go on to do far better in all of their classes.