Transcending ADHD: Medication or Transcendental Meditation?

Part of what we’re doing is we’re going to teach kids who have ADD to meditate, and see how it.

Part of what we’re doing is we’re going to
teach kids who have ADD to meditate, and see how it helps. And so I want to get a sense
of how ADD affects you. You have ADD? Yes. You know you got it? Yes. Okay. How can you
tell? Well, when I get frustrated, I get overly frustrated sometimes. When I can’t do my work
I shut down too easily, and I…I sometimes just have problems overall working and, um,
just keeping my anger under control. I can’t…sit straight, like, sit there for a while, and
not fidget. And I can’t concentrate for a long time. Like and I…I can get distracted
easily. It…sometimes it’s harder for me to read and pay attention in class. Okay.
And is that true at home too, or when you’re trying to do homework? Yeah, trying to do
homework is kind of tough too. Let me ask you about…do you know what stress is? Yes.
Do you feel stressed, pressured, or tense? I have
a lot. I always have a lot. A lot of stress?
Yeah… Um, tell me about that…When do you feel stressed? How do you feel stressed? Well,
it’s mostly when I’m doing homework. Like I said when I do something wrong I’m just…
I could say I’m a lean, mean stress machine. It’s helped me with my schoolwork,
not getting as frustrated with my friends, and just not getting so angry with my parents, doing my homework better,
not getting into so much fights at school, not getting people angry, and stuff like that.
It’s kind of easier for me to focus and concentrate my energy on one thing. Then…like, going
in…be trying to work on one thing and then fidgeting, and trying to stop that, and then
listen to the teacher at the same time. I’m much more calmer now, than I used to be, and
less hyper, and, uh, much more mature than I was. And um, now they want, all my friends
want me to come over to their house. Well, I don’t stress as much anymore, unless it’s
like with my friends or whatever, but I don’t stress that much anymore. So I’m basically…what
it’s doing is it’s making me be able to focus, so I’m not on, like, under stress.
It makes me a lot more confident in myself, because there I know that if I can’t get one, like,
a few things, I don’t need to get stressed out about it. I just need to take a little
time, go do something else, and then come back to it, and work on it.
It’s working. It’s improving their lives. It’s improving their sense of self. It’s empowering them…I
mean, I can say that over and over again, but I really do see it making a big difference.
And I think that they’re futures are gonna be so much brighter because of it.

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