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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 56 (2014) 7, 471 - 476

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Feasibility and effectiveness of mindfulness training in adults with ADHD: a pilot study

S. Hepark, C.C. Kan, A. Speckens

background Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (adhd) is a developmental disorder that often continues into adulthood. Stimulant medication is the common treatment for adhd. However, there is a need for psychosocial interventions in addition to medication.
aim To conduct a pilot study which examines the feasibility and effectiveness of mindfulness training for adults with adhd.
method Eleven adults with adhd participated in a mindfulness training scheme lasting 10 weeks. adhd symptoms, anxiety and depressive symptoms, quality of life, mindfulness skills and attentional tasks were measured before and after the period of mindfulness training.
results Nine participants completed the mindfulness training and were satisfied with the training. Eight of these reported improvement in their adhd symptoms. For all participants, their quality of life, awareness of their actions and executive control had also improved.
conclusion Mindfulness is a feasible treatment strategy for adults with adhd and seems to have a positive effect on adhd symptoms and executive control.

keywords adhd, executive control, mindfulnesstraining