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Mindfulness and ADHD: A New Resource

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Feb 23rd 2010

mindfulness and adhdIn my experience, having difficulty with maintaining attention and being able to regulate our emotions seems to run along a continuum. There are many of us who simply have many thoughts in our minds that pull our attention away from what is most important in the moment and makes it difficult to organize and complete projects effectively. There are others who are in a constant battle of not being able to complete projects, losing track of things, and vacillating in between feeling depressed, frustrated and anxious. Research has found that mindfulness practice can help us learn how to become less reactive and pay attention to what is most important more effectively.

In regard to this topic I've written past posts outlining 3 Steps to Working with ADHD and Procrastination and also Tips from Lidia Zylowska, MD.

As a resource, a new audio program has just been released by Dr. Lidia Zylowska called Mindful Solutions for Adult ADD/ADHD. In this program, Dr. Zylowska brings us through what mindfulness is, how to better understand our ADHD and how to work with mindfulness to help us strengthen our attention muscle, regulate our emotions and become more present to everyday life.

 It's important to note that while medication can be helpful to many people who experience great distress due to ADHD, it's important to continue to develop alternative treatments as a complement or potentially as a different path for those who experience adverse effects of the medication or would simply like to try something different.

The instructions with using mindfulness are simple. Here are 4 brief steps using the breath as an example:

  1. Bring your attention to the sensation of breathing as an anchor to the present moment. This can be at the tip of the nose, the chest or the belly, wherever you notice it the most.

  2. When the mind wanders, note where it wandered to.

  3. Gently bring attention back to the anchor.

  4. As Larry Rosenberg says in his book Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation, repeat step 3 several billion times.

In her new audio program, Dr. Zylowska offers us many different practices to use.

It's exciting that there is a growing amount of activity around the work of mindfulness and ADHD. We can all benefit.

As always, please share your thoughts, questions, and stories below. Your interaction here provides a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Workô program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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Sample Voice - Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. - Mar 4th 2010

Hi Thomas,

There should be a sample put up soon, in the next couple weeks. 

It will potentially be up at 



sample for voice? - Thomas - Mar 2nd 2010

I have been looking forward to this CD since reading about it on her site.

Is there any place I can hear even a sample sentence or two, whoever the reader is? I recently got a mindfulness CD where the speaker had a voice that could grate lemons, and for this purpose, that is relevant.  (It was not one of yours, by the way - love your vlogs.)

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