ADHD and Meditation? Really??

Stress and ADHD feed each other in a typical feedback loop. Meditation can reduce the stress and possibly help directly with ADHD symptoms. With ADHD, meditation is not easy.

I practice a simple form. I sit comfortably, preferably quietly, and pay attention to my bodily sensations and thoughts, and then turn my focus to my breathing. As my mind jumps again to other things, I notice them but don’t follow them and then I return my attention to my breathing.

Before I start, I guess how much time I can spend meditating and set my timer for that. If I fall short or run over, either is fine, but my mind is not wondering about the time while I’m trying to meditate.

I try to meditate daily, at a regular time, and I’m getting better at it although part of the trick is to not judge how I’m doing.

If you try it and stick with it, without judging, you will find it helpful although difficult. 


Personal Notes O the Day:

My wife and I are two different people, and therefore its not surprising that we have some different standards. She, for example, believes that beds should be made every single day  and  she does not like to eat off of plates that are not clean.

The new book, Managing Your ADHD, is probably coming out in April. Probably. Maybe. Hopefully. Who knows?


Dali Lama, etc.

Coping with Stress

been there, done that. not good


About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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5 Responses to ADHD and Meditation? Really??

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  2. Martha says:

    Who does like to eat off plates that are not clean????😍


  3. scott
    that sounds great. one of the rules is that if we find something that works, we will stop doing it.
    i always appreciate your comments.
    best wishes


  4. sfmarckx says:

    Thank you Doug!
    One thing that I found very helpful early in the pandemic when I was especially stressed was I put a breathing app on my phone. It had a visual thing that showed a circle getting larger (for the in breath) and smaller (for the out breath), plus a sound that indicated in and out breaths. I could set it to a certain amount of seconds for the breaths and for different breathing patterns, plus a timer. I would just try to slow and deepen my breathing through my nose and either concentrate on the visual indicator or close my eyes and concentrate on the sounds, trying to match my breathing to it. It really helped me during that time. I should try that again!
    All the best, Scott


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