ERIC Number: EJ889005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ADHD in the College Student: Is Anyone Else Worried?
Journal of Attention Disorders, v14 n1 p3-6 July 2010
The illegal, non-prescriptive use of prescription stimulants appears to be growing among college students. Recent analyses using "DSM-IV" criteria suggest that this group of misusers may actually represent cases of undiagnosed ADHD. Such analyses, however, are limited by a diagnostic system that is neither contextural nor dimensional. The ADHD symptoms of the newly diagnosed college student may be highly context and time specific and represent a normal response to temporarily increased demands on intellect and motivation. Diagnosing college students who are misusing stimulants with ADHD runs the risk of further trivializing the ADHD diagnosis. Also from a historical perspective, legitimizing the use of prescription stimulants in this age group may unintentionally only further increase the likelihood of a greater prescription stimulant abuse epidemic.
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, College Students, Stimulants, Drug Abuse, Adolescent Development, Context Effect
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