Spending time with nature reduces ADHD symptoms, study shows.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Naturopathy (Health aspects)
Naturopathy (Research)
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Research)
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (Care and treatment)
Pub Date: 12/22/2008
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Winter, 2008 Source Volume: 11 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 192800776

A recent study suggests that those children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may benefit from simply taking a walk through a nature-filled environment.

"From our previous research, we knew there might be a link between spending time in nature and reduced ADHD symptoms," said Andrea Faber Taylor, a researcher with the University of Illinois study team.

After taking children on a walk through a "green" environment and then through residential settings and downtown areas, the researchers found that the children exhibited better concentration and improved attention spans upon returning from the "green" walk. There is no speculation on what exactly causes the improved concentration, but a measurable difference was observed in the participants' symptoms.

"What this particular study tells us is that the physical environment matters," said Faber Taylor.

She thinks the results of this study will be extremely helpful to parents of ADHD children. By simply taking their children out for a walk in the park, they can test for themselves whether symptoms improve. Additionally, Faber Taylor thinks calming physical environments can benefit children and adults alike, whether or not they suffer from ADHD.

The results of the study can be found in the Journal of Attention Disorders.

Nauert, R. (2008, October 17). Walk in the park may help kids with ADHD. PsychCentral. Retrieved October 20, 2008, from http://psychcentral.com/ news/2008/10/17/walk-in-the-park-may-help-kids-with-adhd/3152.html

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