answers to questions he has about his ADHD
Luke, an 18-year-old man, visits his university’s student health center to get some answers to questions he has about his attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). He tells the clinician that he was diagnosed with ADHD at 12 years of age and received treatment with several stimulant medications throughout middle and high school. He states that with the medication and the support and guidance from his parents and teachers he was able to graduate with honors from high school and subsequently attend a public university in his state, which is a 3 hour drive by car from his home.
Since moving away from home and separating from his primary physician he has stopped taking his medication for ADHD. Although he has only been in college for 2 months, he noticed he has trouble focusing in class, keeping up with assignments and is not doing well academically. On further questioning by the clinician, he admits that he has been partying every weekend and on occasion has had too much too drink. He also confides that he had obtained a few pills from another friend who has stimulant medication for ADHD and took them to help him focus and study for an important examination. Luke asks if he can go back on his ADHD medications to help him focus and become a better student.
Discuss Monitoring and Managing Treatment of ADHD in the College-Age Adult