For college students with ADHD, there are many options available to help them minimize the impact of ADHD on their academic performance and to succeed. Colleges typically offer a range of academic supports and accommodations for students who have appropriate documentation. Obtaining documentation typically involves neuropsychological testing and evaluation. Students should check with an advisor at their particular school to determine what documentation they will need.
Nearly 10% of American young people have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives. And although some grow out of the diagnosis, most dont, leaving more and more teens with labels and struggles unknown in their parents generation.
Some flounder in college when mom, dad and homeroom teachers arent there to offer support, and haphazard course schedules dont provide the structure of high school.
Its important for parents and other adults to take ADHD seriously, says Stephen Hinshaw, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, whose recent study found that girls with ADHD are more likely to attempt suicide or injure themselves than girls without the condition.
But figuring out how to best help those teens can be tricky, say counselors, psychiatrists and adults with ADHD, because everyones situation and form of ADHD is different.
There are certain common threads, though: Adequate preparation, getting the right accommodations, and being on the appropriate treatment, they add.
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