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Preventing addiction in vulnerable adolescents: Conference explores role of Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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4 December 2012
Clinical neuropsychologist Dr William Stixrud continued his presentation at a conference on Stress, Meditation, Addictions, and Self-Recovery. He talked about the unique pressures faced by adolescents and how the practice of Transcendental Meditation can be useful in preventing addictive tendencies in the developing brain.
Please see Part I of this article: Using Transcendental Meditation to combat ADHD and addiction in young people: Dr William Stixrud .
Dr Stixrud, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Behavioral Sciences, and Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine, has often been quoted in popular publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Barron's, and Vogue.
The subject of Dr Stixrud's lecture was the unique vulnerability of the adolescent brain to dependency and addiction, and how the Transcendental Meditation technique can be of benefit to those struggling with addictions.
Dr Stixrud's primary field is working with children and teenagers who have emotional problems, learning problems, and neurological problems.
As he stated at the outset, while 'not an expert on addictions', he has accumulated a great deal of knowledge 'about stress-related mental health problems; I know a lot about the adolescent brain; I know about ADHD and various self-regulatory problems that can place people at risk for becoming addicted to food, or drugs, or alcohol, or video games, or gambling.'
This was the main subject of his talk—though he also shared some lighter anecdotes from his decades of experience.
'Last year I asked two kids on the autism spectrum, very smart kids—''Tell me about your strengths''. They both said, ''I'm incredibly modest''.'
Global Good News will continue to feature Dr Stixrud's recent conference presentation on how Transcendental Meditation can help young people with the problems he described.
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