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ABC 7 Medical: ADHD Meditation

Reporter Kathy Fowler

Monday March 06, 2006

-WJLA-TV Broadcast-

Anchor:
THERE'S A SOLUTION FOR TREATING YOUR CHILD'S ADHD THAT DOESN'T INVOLVE DRUGS. A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT MEDITATION MAY BE ABLE TO REPLACE MEDICATION AS MEDICAL REPORTER KATHY FOWLER JOINS US WITH THIS STORY.
Kathy Fowler on set:
MANY PARENTS ARE RELUCTANT TO PUT THEIR CHILDREN ON ADHD MEDICATIONS, ESPECIALLY NOW THAT THE FDA IS CONSIDERING BLACK BOX WARNINGS ABOUT AN INCREASED RISK OF SUDDEN DEATH AND SERIOUS CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS ON MANY OF THE DRUGS. NOW SOME SCHOOLS ARE TRYING A VERY DIFFERENT APPROACH AND IT'S CHANGING LIVES.

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IT'S NOT THE TYPICAL SCENE AT AN AMERICAN MIDDLE SCHOOL.
THESE KIDS, ALL WITH ADHD, ARE PRACTICING TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION OR T-M.

Dr. William Stixrud, GW University School of Medicine:"It allows you to experience very profound levels of relaxation while you're wide awake"

STIXRUD SAYS T-M IS EASY TO DO. KIDS SIMPLY SIT, EYES CLOSED FOR 10 MINUTES TWICE A DAY. THE BODY IS PROFOUNDLY AT REST. THE MIND IS NOT.

Sarina Grosswald: "There's increased blood flow to the brain, and that's important because that's one of the things they show with ADHD, is that there's reduced blood flow in the brain"

EDUCATOR SARINA GROSSWALD LED A STUDY ON T-M FOR KIDS WITH ADHD.

Grosswald: "Dramatic reductions in stress, anxiety depression."

ORGANIZATION MEMORY AND STRATEGIZING SKILLS ALSO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED.

Alejandro: "It felt really refreshing, like really cleansing and I felt really relaxed."

11-YEAR-OLD CHANA SAYS T.M. MAKES HER LESS IMPULSIVE

Chana: "I'm starting to think before I talk to my friends."

Will: "It's amazing how easy it is and yet it does so much for you."

DR. STIXRUD WOULD LIKE TO SEE MEDITATION IN ALL OF AMERICA'S SCHOOLS.

Dr. Stixrud: "It's crazy that we'd have kids, where the first response for a kid who's anxious is too put him on medicine and not teach him a way top regulate his own mind."
Kathy Fowler on set:
WHETHER T-M CAN REDUCE THE MEDICATION KIDS NEED HASN'T BEEN STUDIED, BUT DOCTOR STIXRUD SAYS THAT WILL BE LOOKED AT NEXT. FOR KIDS WITHOUT A-D-H-D, RESEARCH SHOWS MEDITATION CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND EVEN RAISE I-Q.

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