Relaxation techniques and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.
Relaxation training aims to help people feel calmer. This could be through methods such as breathing techniques, visualisation exercises or muscle relaxation. While it is not a specific treatment for ADHD and does not treat core symptoms of ADHD, there is some evidence that children and young people with ADHD may benefit from learning relaxation techniques.
Relaxation techniques is one of several self-care strategies which young people told us help them manage their mental health and wellbeing. Read how other young people find relaxation techniques helpful here.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.