College students with ADHD

Murrell, Amy R., Ethan G. Lester, and Emily K. Sandoz. “Grounding Turbulent Minds: The Challenges of Mindfulness-Based Interventions for College Students With ADHD and How to Overcome Them.” Journal of College Student Psychotherapy 29.4 (2015): 314-328. Abstract only.

College can be difficult for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Inattention and impulsivity are not conducive to academic success. Individuals with ADHD often experience difficulties with time management, organization, social adjustment, and psychological distress.

One possible treatment approach for individuals with ADHD is mindfulness-based interventions, which lead to symptom reductions and increases in mindfulness skills. However, there are challenges in conducting such treatments on college campuses. This article outlines some of those challenges and highlights ways to overcome them using intervention research, more specifically clinical behavior analysis.

The qualitative experience of conducting two mindfulness meditation interventions for college students with ADHD is discussed, and recommendations for conducting similar campus-based interventions are made.