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26 Reddit comments about The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals:

u/Soshidow · 4 pointsr/ADHD

Mindfulness has helped me with a lot of problems. Part of mindfulness is observing and discerning feelings, in this case repulsion, and knowing is half the battle. (G.I. JOOOOOEEEEE)

To paraphrase this book:

If you find yourself repulsed by a wall of text, take a moment to observe the sensation. How do you know you're repulsed? Do you notice any particular thoughts or feelings? Can you challenge yourself to stick with it a little longer and study the discomfort further?

u/Vitrivius · 3 pointsr/ADHD

One popular method(TM) is "Getting Things Done", but there are others as well. The main idea is often to try to shape your daily habits so that you don't have to rely only on self dicipline when you feel that you are struggling to focus.

Discipline and focus are for most people limited resources, and with neurological conditions like adhd it's even worse. Depression, fatigue and substance abuse problems will also drain your cognitive resources.

Good habits are the ones that work on the same team as self discipline, and bad habits work against your discipline. The big catch 22 is that it takes a lot of discipline to change your habits in the first place.

In addition, you might want to look into mindfulness meditation. There are many studies that show that this is one of the most effective treatments for ADD, either as a supplement or alternative to stimualant medication.

This book gives a good overview of mindfulness meditaion both from a scientific and practical perspectiv and there'a also a supplemental audio track available on Spotify and several other places that helps you try it out for your self.

Cognitive therapy or coaching can also be worth investigating.

u/globus_pallidus · 2 pointsr/Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation I'm just starting, but this is supposed to be a viable, med-free option. I too am concerned about life-long use of medication, so I hope that this ends up being an effective way to cope with ADHD. Good Luck!

u/sk0b · 2 pointsr/OutOfTheLoop

Yeah for sure!! When I was in High School I took Concerta when my parents were finally fed up with my grades lagging and me not knowing why (common in ADHD, "Why didn't you do this?" "I don't know"). For me Concerta worked essentially immediately, I had more energy, more focus, and of course I did as I was taking low doses of speed every morning.

After a while the Concerta stopped being as effective, I could feel it wearing off after an hour or so instead of at the end of the day. In addition I was losing a lot of my appetite as, again, speed. So I decided at the end of High School, in addition to finishing up with my current therapist (something I'd recommend to anyone anywhere, ADHD struggles or not), that I would stop Concerta as well. My doctor gave me some Ritalin to take on an as needed basis, I used it once my first year in college to write a paper. Wrote the damn thing in 20 minutes and felt miserable the rest of the day.

So last year (this is about a decade later at this point) I ran into a very difficult time and felt like I couldn't control my thoughts, the speed at which I was thinking, my mood, it was bad. A major depressive episode exacerbated by having to come to terms with the real basis of my ADHD. My father had taken Wellbutrin for years so I went to my doctor (as I was describing what I was going through he essentially recommended it before I did, lol) and picked up a prescription.

I felt the effects almost immediately. I used to have this feeling of tiredness when I would get home from work, not a body tired but a bigger more abstract tired (drove my wife nuts and me too). All of a sudden I didn't have that anymore. I felt genuinely lighter through out the day. Turns out the men in my family just have entirely too much serotonin floating around and that did the trick for me (upped my dose once about a year ago, 300mg now). So far I haven't experienced any side effects, if anything I'm more aware of what I'm feeling and so anything negative I've felt has come from that.

tldr; would recommend trying, maybe it'll work for you, do some mindfulness too (

u/bethisnicenow · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

You seem pretty self-aware abt it so it should improve with a little bit of time. Otherwise, this degree of impulse control difficulty is characteristic of adhd. Maybe play with these exercises:

u/DirtyThi3f · 2 pointsr/AMA

There's a good book on mindfulness for ADHD. Unfortunately, no one with ADHD has ever read it. I use it (in modified form with my post-secondary students) with tremendous success.

Pairing it with Calm (app) - attention meditations or Muse has been a big boom to my normal procedures as well. The bonus with Muse is you can monitor progress and compliance, which then actually increases compliance.



u/anxious_scroller · 2 pointsr/ADHD

I second meditation! I've been reading the [Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD]( "link to Amazon") to supplement medication, and I've found it to be very helpful - plus the book itself comes with a CD & digital downloads for meditation guidance. Here's an interview with the author, if you want to check it out.

u/YouLoveTheThunder · 2 pointsr/ADHD

Disclaimer: I'm not a mental health professional, so don't just take my word for any of the following! DBT has actually been tried for ADHD with decent results, even though it's far from the most popular or well-known treatment. Edit: I see now from the other replies that it's likely to be a medication/dosage issue. I hope you can sort it out that way, would be easier.

Since emotional outbursts are a big issue for your SO, you could tip him off about DBT? Especially if there are some basic, fundamental techniques that you feel confident you could teach him.

Or better, talk to your own therapist about maybe getting your SO in the same kind of therapy with her/him or someone else. Ideally it should be a therapist who is really knowledgeable about ADHD as well, though that may be a tall order. But someone who's open-minded and willing to look at some recent research should do fine.

There's a good chance I'm stating the obvious here and you've already tried this, but I thought I'd mention it just in case.

Alternatively, mindfulness training has been adapted for ADHD and is also supposed to help with emotion awareness and regulation. That may be easier to learn on one's own than DBT skills.

Sample papers on DBT for ADHD:

Hirvikoski et al. (2011). Reduced ADHD symptoms in adults with ADHD after structured skills training group: Results from a randomized controlled trial

Pierre et al. (2016). CBT/DBT skills training for adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

u/duckingcluttered · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

i withdraw my entry, because a certain someone is absolutely amazing.

I want this self-help book for ADHD because in a few months, I'll have to stop all of my meds while I try to conceive a baby. I'm pretty damn ADHD and it's hard for me to function without the meds so I'm hoping I can learn to manage ahead of time. I'm kind of scared for how I'll do in my job if I don't get the ADHD and anxiety I have under control but I won't put my baby at risk unless I 100% absolutely have to.

u/pyinthasky · 2 pointsr/ADHD

It's basically an evolved form of Freud's psychotherapy on a couch. There are other types of therapy - mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, others. I've tried many and have found a mix of mindfulness and psychodynamic most helpful. There's actually a good workbook on mindfulness for ADHD ( - it's something you can do on your own. But if you have the resources, find someone you can talk to. It really helps.

u/abski93 · 2 pointsr/ADHD


I wouldn't worry too much about you not being taken seriously with your daughter. Girls are not generally diagnosed because they typically have more issues with attention and it may not be as noticeable, while boys are typically more hyperactive and it is more obvious and disruptive. When it comes to "testing" they will more than likely talk with your daughter's teacher as well, so if this is something a teacher has noticed then it will help you out in your reasoning!

It is very common for people with ADHD to be all over the place but be able to focus hard on something they are interested in for hours. I know I am like that!

So according to the DSM-5, which is basically a list of criteria to meet certain disorders, to be diagnosed with ADHD you have to shown symptoms before you were 12. If you are over 12, you have to have some sort of proof of these symptoms before then. Sometimes doctors will "diagnose" anyway, but if you are looking to get prescribed medication I would suggest you try other things first. A psychology professor of mine suggested this book to me. I haven't bought it yet (keep forgetting- ADHD lol), but it may be worth checking out!

u/grantpant · 1 pointr/ADHD

[This book](The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals got me started. It comes with a CD with guided meditations on it too. It's a really great intro to mindfulness and meditation. It's been breakthrough for me in my battle for mental health. Therefore I am compelled to help others experience its benefits too. I highly recommend getting that book. It's really helpful to have a firm grasp of what you're going for. A lot of people get discouraged when first trying meditation because they do not. Also check out r/mindfulness. Let me know if I can help any further. I love helping!

u/ningen666 · 1 pointr/ADHD

First off, its important to express the emotions you feel. But I also feel like their is a lot of self-hatred and negative self talk that I relate to from my past. You can absolutely change your life and outlook of ADHD and better live with the difficulties. I would recommend this book, it has helped me deal with some of the issues caused by my ADHD: . I got an eBook copy.


I wish you all the best and hope your problems will resolve soon :)

u/weeeeearggggh · 1 pointr/Meditation
u/ms_donut · 1 pointr/ADHD

Damn, this is really thoughtful of you. I wish more (non-ADHD) people understood how challenging it can be to live with ADHD. I'm sure your care package will mean the world to your friend.

Here's a book I recommend:

"The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD"

u/macjoven · 1 pointr/ADHD

Alright, if you browse through threads here there is all sorts of great advice and tricks for the non- and outside-medication path.

ADHD can be seen as a mess of internal (attitude, will, emotions, attention etc...) and external (space, organization of environment, people, work etc.) conditions. That means that you can work with ADHD on both fronts. Medication helps with one condition on the internal side of things. But if you want to do it there are many ways of arranging external conditions to help you, including other people, and to retrain and reform internal conditions so you will not suffer as much when things go wonky (which they will). What helped me a great deal on the internal side was mindfulness meditation. I learned it from the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, who is a zen Buddhist master, but mindfulness has become so popular lately that it can be explained in many many ways. Here is a book written by a psychiatrist on the subject specifically for ADHD: The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals by Lidia Zylowska. On the external side, what helped was routinizing and automating as far as possible survival things so I don't have to worry about them. Also forming a daily routine that is forgiving but firm.

I am sure other people have ideas, and like I said there are a ton of tricks and tips floating around through these threads.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/indonesia

well, meditation takes quite some time before we can use its full effect. based on research, (at least) it takes about 6 weeks of daily 20 minutes meditation.

have you read this : , tl;dr practice mindfulness while doing everyday tasks

u/Clutch_Daddy · 1 pointr/ADHD
u/adroth81 · 1 pointr/ADHD

The first one I’ve read and found to be helpful. The second one I haven’t read, but I have implemented daily mindfulness practices and they almost singlehandedly saved me during a period of time when medications were failing me. The third I haven’t read but comes highly recommended by trusted sources.

Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out The Adult ADHD Tool Kit (Paperback) - Common

The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD: An 8-Step Program for Strengthening Attention, Managing Emotions, and Achieving Your Goals

Taking Charge of Adult ADHD

u/llblwskydrgn · 1 pointr/ADHD

Is this the book you are thinking of? Could you give a short review on how you like it and if it's easy to read?

I've also seen this book, which looks really good since it looks like it was made for somebody with ADHD. (i.e. lots of extra blocks with "hints" and stuff that make it easier to read than a book with pages of all text)

Maybe I should just buy both and hope that I'll actually go through with one rather than another book rotting on my shelf lol

u/saltylife11 · 1 pointr/ADHD

Tricky the way that I project you asked this question, but personally I do believe that.

However, the way I hear your question is with the 'just' re-arranged is:

"Do you think that just practicing mindfulness solves this(add) entirely?"

The way you have it written even I project as, "adding this ingredient fixes this." Just add sugar to make it sweeter?

My personal belief, based on observation, is that one who has deeply developed his or her mindfulness will not suffer any forms of add - like at all. However, that in itself is a serious undertaking that one does not 'just' sit down and do (even thought that's kinda exactly how you do it). I am talking about someone who has had a consistent mindfulness practice for the last 20 or 30 years.

I meditate every morning for 20 minutes and it helps a TON, but I still struggle with adhd and executive functions. I have worked with very very experienced meditation practitioners - Bhuddist monks who have lived on a monastery in the wilderness for 30+ years - and they very very well may have been individuals who once suffered from ADHD but definitely no longer do so.

So if one becomes like an NBA level mindfulness practitioner, then yes, I personally do not believe one would suffer from ADHD, but then again, one doesn't just get in the NBA without a LOT of dedication.

Having said that every bit of practice up to that point has a benefit. So there are benefits all along the way.

This book helped me:

As well as this text, but it's a bit more esoteric.

Don't actually recommend the second text until one has conquered distractions. Otherwise it can just be demoralizing.

Biggest recommendation I have regarding mindfulness and intention is beware of the effect distractions have on re-wiring your brain. The content of distractions are innocent, but the process of being distracted attacks the adhd mind in multiple ways. There is no such thing as a harmless distraction.

Waiting in a line and bored? Not being comfortable with that boredom and instead checking facebook on your phone is literally re-wiring your brain so it will be intolerant of boredom. When you have to write a paper or something that is boring it will be difficult. This comes from the work of Cal Newport in Deepwork, which has been extremely helpful for me personally.

u/XL-ent · 1 pointr/ADHD

> What options do I have?

I am just educating myself, there are four basic options. None are perfect alone, and best results involve some combination of all four, ideally all four.

  1. Medication
  2. Mindfulness training.
  3. Cognitive Behavior Training.
  4. Adjusting life goals to the strengths of ADHD. (choosing a career that values creativity, etc.)
u/honeybeedreams · 1 pointr/ADHD

a mindfulness practice can help loads with interrupting people. (it is super annoying. i have always done it, but didnt get better at overcoming it until i lived with my H for a few years. he is terrible with his interrupting and it taught me how obnoxious and relationship-effecting it is.)

u/A_Walled_Garden · 1 pointr/ADHD

Are you getting any treatment aside from medication? If not you might want to combine your medication with ADHD therapy/coaching and/or focus on developing coping skills.

There's this mindfulness for ADHD workbook and also this Cognitive Behavioral Therpay for ADHD workbook. I haven't used them but they look like they might be useful.

The book 4 Weeks to an Organized Life with AD/HD was very helpful to me when I read it several years ago. The second half of the book is a 4 Week program that gives one simple task a day to help build skills to cope with ADHD (you don't have to read the first half of the book, you can just do the program). If you choose to do this, you might want to ask someone to help remind you to do the daily exercises and be your accountability buddy.

As far as reading goes, I find that writing a paragraph summarizing what I read right after reading helps me to stay interested in what I'm reading. I would guess it might help with other hobbies too.