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Exercising the Mind to Treat Attention Deficits - NYTimes.com


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The studies come amid growing disenchantment with the first-line treatment for these conditions: drugs.In 2007, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, published a study finding that the incidence of A.D.H.D. among teenagers in Finland, along with difficulties in cognitive functioning and related emotional disorders like depression, were virtually identical to rates among teenagers in the United States. The real difference? Most adolescents with A.D.H.D. in the United States were taking medication; most in Finland were not.

It does seem like ADHD medication is less effective than exercise.

As someone who was diagnosed and drugged for ADD as a kid, the things that help me the most with coping as an adult (in no particular order):

- Sense of purpose

- Exercise

- Meditation

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