Reduced symptoms of ADHD
A random-assignment pilot study investigated effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on task performance and brain functioning in 18 ADHD students, age 11–14 years. Students were pretested, randomly assigned to TM or delayed-start comparison groups, and post-tested after 3 and 6 months. Delayed-start students learned TM after the 3-month post-test. Three months of TM practice resulted in significant decreases in theta/beta ratios, increased theta coherence, a trend for increased alpha and beta1 coherence, and increased verbal fluency. The delayed start group similarly had decreased theta/beta ratios and increased verbal fluency at the 6 month post-test, after they practiced TM for 3 months.
The students themselves reported feeling calmer, less stressed, and better able to concentrate on schoolwork. In addition, the parents’ survey indicated that over the six months of the study, all students significantly improved on five ADHD-symptoms: ability to focus on schoolwork, organizational abilities, ability to work independently, happiness, and quality of sleep.
Improved performance by ADHD students on executive function tasks.
School students with a current diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique showed improved performance after three months on tasks requiring executive function, as measured by increased expressive attention, increased accuracy, greater fluency of categorization, and increased flexibility in switching categories.Ref.Current Issues in Education 10(2), 2008. [Online]
Improved rating by teachers of executive function among ADHD students.
School students with a current diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique were rated by teachers after three months as showing improvement on several measures of executive function, indicating greater cognitive capability and self-control. Ref.Current Issues in Education 10(2), 2008. [Online]
Decreased stress, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms.
School students with a current diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique displayed reduced stress, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms after three months, as rated both by teachers and by the students themselves. The p-value on the chart indicates improvement as determined by a multivariate test for the following subscales: anxious/depressed, withdrawn/depressed, affective problems, anxiety problems, attention problems, ADHD problems, and total problems. The bars on the chart indicate change on the total problems subscale. Ref.Current Issues in Education 10(2), 2008. [Online]
How can a simple technique do so much?
600 studies confirm the effect of TM with:
- Less stress
- How TM works
- Emotional stability
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Better Health
- General Health
- Becoming Younger