Mindfulness Improves Concentration, Mood In Adults With ADHD

Brazilian researchers from Universidade Federal de São Paulo and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein performed a small pilot study to see whether mindful awareness practices (MAP) could improve quality of life (QoL), mood and ability to concentrate in adults with ADHD.

Twenty-one ADHD patients and 8 controls without ADHD underwent 8 weekly MAP sessions; 22 similar patients and 9 controls did not undergo the intervention.  Mood and quality of life (QoL) were assessed using validated questionnaires, and attention was evaluated using the Attentional Network Test (ANT) and the Conners Continuous Performance Test (CPT II), before and after the intervention.

The results showed that MAP enhanced sustained attention (ANT) and detectability (CPT II) and improved mood and QoL in both the patients and controls.

MAP is a complementary intervention that improves mood and attention in adults with ADHD and also in controls who do not suffer from ADHD.

You can read the full article here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4475526/

Citation:  Bueno VF1, Kozasa EH2, da Silva MA3, Alves TM3, Louzã MR3, Pompéia S1. Mindfulness Meditation Improves Mood, Quality of Life, and Attention in Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Biomed Research International. 2015; 2015:962857. doi: 10.1155/2015/962857. Epub 2015 Jun 7.

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