It is estimated that 25-40% of youth with ADHD have co-occurring cognitive disengagement syndrome (CDS; previously sluggish cognitive tempo), a set of behavioral symptoms characterized by excessive daydreaming, slowed thinking, and mental confusion and fogginess. A growing body of research demonstrates CDS to be associated with functional impairment above and beyond that which can be accounted for by ADHD severity. However, no treatment currently exists that directly targets CDS symptoms. This is a critical clinical and scientific gap, leaving youth with ADHD and co-occurring CDS at risk for experiencing negative immediate and long-term outcomes. In considering intervention approaches, mindfulness meditation involves regular practice to catch oneself when the mind wanders, and may thus an ideal intervention for youth with CDS. However, mindfulness interventions, including the Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for ADHD, have never been tested in adolescents with ADHD and co-occurring CDS specifically. This study will recruit up to 15 adolescents with ADHD and co-occurring CDS symptoms to enroll in an open trial of MAPs to evaluate its feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy. Findings will provide key pilot data regarding treatment of CDS in adolescents with ADHD.
1 Primary · 3 Secondary · Reporting Duration: Immediately after the intervention
15 Total Participants · 1 Treatment Group
Primary Treatment: Mindfulness Treatment · No Placebo Group · N/A
Age < 18 · All Participants · 6 Total Inclusion CriteriaMark “Yes” if the following statements are true for you: