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Participant in Transcendental Meditation research finds relief from ADHD: New study published
by Global Good News staff writer
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2 March 2009
On Tuesday, 24 February 2009, a video clip appeared on BBC News featuring a day in the life of Josh Goulding, a sufferer of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who began practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme as part of a research study at American University in Washington, DC, USA.
The new study was published in the 24 February 2009 issue of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Psychophysiology.
Mr Goulding, now a young financial advisor, suffered from symptoms of ADHD throughout his elementary and high school years. His teachers labeled him as 'disruptive', 'rude', and 'disrespectful', although he never intended to behave badly in the classroom. 'The only solution offered to me at the time,' said Josh, 'was to go on different medication, more medication, or to see a different doctor.' Not until the study began at American University two years ago did Josh discover Transcendental Meditation as an alternative therapy for his disorder.
The study followed a sample group of students at the university, with half having learned TM, and measured the programme's effects on brain function, stress management, and fatigue. The outcomes of the study were marked: Students practising the programme had a clear advantage in all three categories.
With Transcendental Meditation, Josh has been able to discontinue a 'cocktail' of drugs he was taking to control ADHD. The medication caused him troublesome side effects such as insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. With TM, however, Josh can be free from the side effects and better able to cope with everyday living. 'It's a state of perfect harmony, stillness, and blissfulness,' says Josh at the video's conclusion.
Dr Mario Orsatti, National Director of Communication for the Global Country of World Peace in the US, reported that he has seen first-hand the positive transformation that took place in the young man's professional and personal life. Dr Orsatti is a Teacher of Transcendental Meditation, and instructed Mr Goulding in the technique during the study.
Global Good News will continue to feature articles about the newly-published American University research in the coming days.
In addition, replays of the News Conference webcast on 24 February at Maharishi University of Management, announcing the study's publication, may be viewed at: www.brainresearch.mum.edu/.
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