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Alexandria researcher's study: Relaxation best medicine for hyperactive students
by Rahkia Nance
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23 March 2005
The Examiner recently reported that 'Instead of rushing to pop a pill, children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder should take a 10-minute breather to increase their concentration' using the Transcendental Meditation Programme. The article said that an Alexandria cognitive learning specialist has found that the mental technique works as well as ADHD medication in helping sustain attention and control hyperactivity. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.
Sarina Grosswald, director of continuing medical education for the American Medical Women's Association, conducted a three-month study with 10 students at the Chelsey School in Silver Spring, Maryland. The hyperactive students practised the Transcendental Meditation Technique for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a day. The results were positive, with the children showing improved focus and less impulsive behaviour.
According to the article, over two million children in the United States suffer from ADHD, a condition which is characterized by hyperactivity and an inability to maintain attention or to control impulses.
To curb ADHD's effects, children are generally prescribed stimulant medicines like Adderall or Concerta, which increase attention and control impulsiveness.
There has been increasing controversy over ADHD medication. Although nearly 2 million children have been prescribed medication, researchers continue to debate whether or not medicine is the best treatment. The article quoted Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioural pediatrics at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York, as saying, 'There's a reluctance or reticence by some people to consider medical treatments for a non-medical disorder. It's not quite the same thing as urinary tract infection or pneumonia medications.'
Sarina Grosswald was quoted as saying, 'If it's possible to get those (positive) effects from Transcendental Meditation, that would be a wonderful thing.'
Grosswald told the Examiner that when a child is affected by ADHD, there is limited connectivity between the brain's rear and frontal lobe—'the filter for impulsiveness'.
She said that she found that the Transcendental Meditation Technique 'enlivened' the communication between the lobes.
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