ADHD in College

ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorders in the U.S.  ADHD can cause individuals to be inattentive, hyperactive, impulsive, and have trouble focusing.  Those with ADHD can have extreme difficulty learning or studying, and often times find school to be more difficult than other students.  College can be an especially challenging time for students with ADHD because of the intense amount of studying that is required, and the high-pressure nature of many classes.  If you have been diagnosed with ADHD, or suspect that you may be struggling with a learning disability, there are steps you can take to help make your college experience a little bit easier.

Counseling Centers

Almost all colleges offer some type of counseling or mental health service to its students.  Find out what kind of counseling resources your college has to offer.  Counseling centers can provide students with therapy, suggest learning strategies, provide tutoring, and a lot more.  Counseling centers can usually help you determine if you are afflicted with a learning disability, what kind of disability it is, and help determine your next steps.

Talk to a Doctor

Some individuals take medication to treat their ADHD, while others do not.  Adderall and Ritalin are commonly known drugs used to treat ADHD, but there are a wide variety of different medications used for treatment.  In order to receive a prescription for ADHD medication one must undergo extensive testing and evaluation by a doctor.  After analyzing the results, the doctor will then recommend which medications, if any, will achieve the best results.  However, not everyone with ADHD takes medication, and many people prefer to rely on other natural methods for treatment.  It is extremely important to consult a doctor to help determine the best course of action for you.

Develop Study Strategies

Study strategies can be a huge benefit to students with ADHD, or anyone who experiences academic struggles.  Outline a specific study plan for yourself, and identify resources that can assist you.  It can be helpful to experiment with different techniques, and pay attention to what works and what doesn’t.  Use planners, calendars, or notes to stay organized.  Make specific To-do lists with all assignments, and check items off the list as you go.  It can be helpful to study or complete work in a calm, organized environment such as the library or a study lounge.  Turn to counselors or academic advisors for more tips on developing helpful study strategies

Understanding the Importance

ADHD affects approximately 5% of American students ages 3-17, making it the learning disability that the most people struggle with.  In addition to the negative effects ADHD can have on individuals’ ability to learn, concentrate, complete tasks, or act appropriately, ADHD can be harmful beyond its obvious effects.  Individuals struggling with ADHD can also experience low self-esteem, resentment, and depression as a result of their disability.  It is extremely important to recognize the significance of ADHD, and understand that certain problems may lie beyond the obvious challenges.  If you, or someone you know is struggling with a learning disability such as ADHD, it is crucial to consult a medical professional before seeking any other type of treatment.

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Mallory Londeck

Mallory Londeck is a senior at Michigan State University double majoring in journalism and media & information. As a proud Spartan, Mallory is involved in many organizations on campus including the student radio station, campus tours, and university activities board. Outside of MSU, Mallory enjoys reading, writing, and watching movies. A self proclaimed “pop-culture fanatic,” she is always up-to-date on the latest entertainment news. She also enjoys playing Frisbee, volleyball, and snowboarding in her spare time.
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