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Using Transcendental Meditation to combat ADHD and addiction in young people: Dr William Stixrud
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4 December 2012
A conference on Stress, Meditation, Addictions, and Self-Recovery in Washington, D.C., featured talks by Norman Rosenthal, MD, and William Stixrud, PhD, discussing the powerful positive effects of Transcendental Meditation on the brain functioning, health, and behaviour of people struggling with addiction.
The conference was hosted by Stuart Rothenberg, MD, director of the American Association of Health Professionals Practicing the Transcendental Meditation Program.*
Following Dr Rosenthal's presentation, Dr Rothenberg introduced Dr Stixrud to the audience, including his unique qualifications to speak on the evening's subject. A clinical neuropsychologist in private practice since 1985, he is director of the Stixrud Group, a neuropsychology practice specializing in the evaluation and treatment of learning tension and social and emotional disorders.
Dr Stixrud later explained that he has generally worked with children and teenagers who suffer from learning disabilities. He is also adjunct faculty at the Children's National Medical Center and assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine.
It was from this background that he addressed the audience on the unique problems faced by children with high stress and learning disabilities and their potential predilection toward addictive behaviours.
Dr Rothenberg also noted some of Dr Stixrud's many achievements. In the past 20 years he has been 'extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. He is a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning disorders, brain development, and the effects of stress on the brain.'
One tool that Dr Stixrud advocates to alleviate stress is Transcendental Meditation. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters dealing with 'mental and emotional disorders in children and adolescents, and including research on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on students with ADHD', Dr Rothenberg said.
He described the subject of Dr Stixrud's talk: the 'special vulnerability of the adolescent and young adult brains to dependency and addiction, and how the Transcendental Meditation technique can be of benefit to those struggling with addictions to drugs and alcohol'.
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* Dr Rothenberg is also national medical director and director of post-graduate medical education of Maharishi Ayurveda Association of America (MAAA).
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