The Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Therapies for ADHD: A Meta-Analytic Review

J Atten Disord. 2020 Mar;24(5):627-643. doi: 10.1177/1087054715625301. Epub 2016 Feb 2.


Objective: Mindfulness-based therapies (MBTs) have been shown to be efficacious in treating internally focused psychological disorders (e.g., depression); however, it is still unclear whether MBTs provide improved functioning and symptom relief for individuals with externalizing disorders, including ADHD. To clarify the literature on the effectiveness of MBTs in treating ADHD and to guide future research, an effect-size analysis was conducted. Method: A systematic review of studies published in PsycINFO, PubMed, and Google Scholar was completed from the earliest available date until December 2014. Results: A total of 10 studies were included in the analysis of inattention and the overall effect size was d = -.66. A total of nine studies were included in the analysis of hyperactivity/impulsivity and the overall effect was calculated at d = -.53. Conclusion: Results of this study highlight the possible benefits of MBTs in reducing symptoms of ADHD.

Keywords: ADHD; meta-analysis; mindfulness; mindfulness-based therapies.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity* / therapy
  • Cognition
  • Humans
  • Mindfulness*