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Green Time: A Natural Remedy for ADHD Symptoms

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ADDitude contributor Carl Sherman, Ph.D., spoke with Dr. Kuo about her findings and what they mean for people with ADHD.A number of studies had shown that adults without ADHD concentrate better if they have access to natural surroundings.

Researchers asked people how much time they spent in parks, gardens, and other green environments. Then they asked how attentive they felt, how focused they were at work, and how likely they were to misplace things.The researchers found that, the greater the exposure to nature, the greater the attentiveness.

These findings have been corroborated by objective measures of attention. There’s less research with children, but it points the same way.[Get This Free Download: The ADDitude Guide to Alternative ADHD Treatment]The theory is that, when you have to struggle to maintain attention — what happens when you concentrate on a task like writing or doing computations — neurotransmitters in the brain’s prefrontal cortex get depleted.

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