Ask the Doctors, Specialists answer your questions about the Transcendental Meditation program and health
William Stixrud, Ph.D.

William Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of William Stixrud & Associates in Silver Spring, Maryland, a group practice specializing in learning, attention, and social/emotional disorders. Dr. Stixrud is an adjunct faculty at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D.

Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D., is an expert in cognitive learning who recently directed the first-of-its-kind research study on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on children with language-based learning disabilities. Dr. Grosswald and her work have been extensively featured in the national media, including PBS and ABC News.

James Krag, M.D.

James Krag, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, president of the Psychiatric Society of Virginia, and former president of the Virginia Association of Community Psychiatrists for four years. He is currently Medical Director of Liberty Point, a residential treatment program for adolescents with psychiatric problems.

Here Drs. Stixrud, Grosswald and Krag answer questions
on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Q: It’s common knowledge that children are under more stress than before. Is this contributing to ADHD and other problems? 

Q: How do children experience the stress response in school? 

Q: Can the Transcendental Meditation technique alleviate this stress? 

Q: I have ADHD and I just can’t sit still, not even for a few minutes. How could I ever practice the Transcendental Meditation technique? 

Q: I had ADHD as a child, and still have trouble focusing on any sort of work. Will practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique help me focus better? 

Q: One of the really crushing parts of ADHD is lack of impulse control, where a child is constantly interrupting people, saying things impulsively—and that gets people upset. Can the Transcendental Meditation technique help? 

Q: It sounds like you’ve experienced this first-hand. 

Q: Is there other research indicating that the Transcendental Meditation technique can help with ADHD? 

Q: I think meditation’s great, but I want my child to be focused. I don’t want him to get too passive. 

Q: How will I ever be able to meditate when I have young children, including one with ADHD? 

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