Mindfulness meditation training for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adulthood: Current empirical support, treatment overview, and future directions

John T. Mitchell, Lidia Zylowska, Scott H. Kollins

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Abstract

Research examining nonpharmacological interventions for adults diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has expanded in recent years and provides patients with more treatment options. Mindfulness-based training is an example of an intervention that is gaining promising preliminary empirical support and is increasingly administered in clinical settings. The aim of this review is to provide a rationale for the application of mindfulness to individuals diagnosed with ADHD, describe the current state of the empirical basis for mindfulness training in ADHD, and summarize a treatment approach specific to adults diagnosed with ADHD: the Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for ADHD Program. Two case study examples are provided to demonstrate relevant clinical issues for practitioners interested in this approach. Directions for future research, including mindfulness meditation as a standalone treatment and as a complementary approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy, are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-191
Number of pages20
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding support provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (K23 DA032577 to J.T.M., K24 DA023464 to S.H.K.). Additional funding support provided by the American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders/Pond Family Foundation (J.T.M.).

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Mindfulness meditation training

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