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What should I tell my child regarding his 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 he'll do something risky. If he thinks he doesn’t need as much medication, or is ready to go off it altogether, he should talk to his doctor before making any changes.

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

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. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

Chorniy, A. , July 2016. Labour Economics

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. March 2016 Journal of Attention Disorders,

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and

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

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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