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What should I tell my child regarding their ADHD medication before going to college?

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Research shows that most college students who take ADHD medication are more likely to take it as prescribed during the weekdays, when they’re studying. On the weekends, they may skip it. This can make symptoms worse. That can make it harder to study or do tasks that require concentration. It can even make it more likely they'll do something risky. If they think they don’t need as much medication, or are ready to go off it altogether, they should talk to their doctor before making any changes.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. Labour Economics, July 2016.

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. Journal of Attention Disorders, March 2016

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. Labour Economics, July 2016.

Stephanie Sarkis, PhD, adjunct assistant professor at Florida Atlantic University; sub-investigator at Clinical Research Studies at the Florida Atlantic University Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Naomi Steiner, MD, developmental and behavioral pediatrician at Boston Medical Center.

Gould, O. Journal of Attention Disorders, March 2016

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

American Psychiatric Association: “ADHD: Parents Medication Guide.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 24, 2020

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