Treating ADHD: addressing the needs of college students.

From the Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 5.5). 04/2012; 73(4):e13. DOI: 10.4088/JCP.11009tx5c
Source: PubMed


College students with undiagnosed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) exhibit varying symptoms and may have trouble in class, be involved in driving accidents, be late to appointments, be disruptive, and abuse alcohol. Clinicians and others in a position to recognize and identify behaviors indicative of ADHD should either complete a thorough assessment for ADHD, including disorders that commonly co-occur with or are mistaken for the illness, or refer students to someone who can. For students with a comprehensive evaluation who are diagnosed with ADHD, special accommodations are available on campus. Clinicians can provide students with several strategies to manage their disorder and improve their chances of having a successful academic career.

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