Book Review: The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD
by Lidia Zylowska, MD
Lidia Zylowska, M.D. is an Associate Professor at UMN Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Zylowska pioneered the application of mindfulness in ADHD and developed the Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for ADHD program.
“If there were a mental training that improved your attention, impulse control and quality of life – would you try it?”
“If you could have greater control over your ADHD symptoms – would that make a difference?”
“If you could have greater appreciation for who you are, both with your ADHD and non-ADHD sides – would you be happier?”
These are some of the intriguing questions with which Lidia Zylowska begins her book on learning mindfulness techniques in order to live a more focused, aware and satisfying life with ADHD. Dr. Zylowska is the director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Her highly readable, well-organized book outlines 8 steps toward living with greater mindfulness – the ability to focus one’s attention at will rather than having your thoughts and attention flit uncontrolled from internal thought to external distraction and back again. Unlike other books on mindfulness meditation, Dr. Zylowska directly addresses ways to deal with the impatience, and mental or physical restlessness that so often makes meditation seem like an impossibility, introducing “walking meditation” and “shaking and dancing meditation” for those with ADHD that “can’t sit still.” This book provides the outline for an 8-week course that Dr. Zylowska has facilitated at UCLA with adults with ADHD. Along with her book, a CD is provided that guides the user through mindfulness exercises.