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Can exercise and bright light improve mood and ADHD in people with ADHD?

18 September 2018

We are looking for young adults with a diagnosis of ADHD to investigate the use of physical exercise and bright light therapy to improve low mood, weight problems and general health. Participation involves a 10-week intervention (either an exercise programme, bright light therapy or treatment as usual) and five visits to our centre for a comprehensive assessment of mood, attention, fitness and health. You will receive a total of £200 paid in five installments after each attended assessment.


  • Diagnosis of ADHD
  • Age: 14-30 years old
  • Stable on treatment (not planning to change medication or therapy over the next 24 weeks)
  • No diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or autism spectrum disorder
  • No substance use disorder or substance dependency
  • No medical or neurological condition interfering with physical activity or bright light therapy
  • No use of antipsychotic, anti-epileptic or photos-sensitising (e.g., Lithium, St. John's wort) medication
  • No history of epilepsy
  • Not suicidal
  • Not pregnant
  • Must be able to attend a session in South East London

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Ethical approval

This study was approved by the London – Camberwell St Giles Research Ethics Committee (17/LO/0958) on 11th July 2017.

About the researcher

Dr Adam Pawley is interested in cognitive-neurophysiological impairments linked to neurodevelopmental disorders with a special focus on ADHD. Her research combines experimental and genetically-sensitive longitudinal designs to study the associations of ADHD with related conditions such as bipolar disorder and risk and protective factors such as preterm birth, IQ and physical activity.

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