College students with autism spectrum disorders: A growing role for adult psychiatrists.

Journal of American college health : J of ACH

PubMedID: 27347704

van Schalkwyk GI, Beyer C, Martin A, Volkmar FR. College students with autism spectrum disorders: A growing role for adult psychiatrists. J Am Coll Health. 2016;0.
OBJECTIVE
Adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly attending college. This case report highlights the nature of the psychiatric difficulties these individuals may face and the potential role for college mental health practitioners.

PARTICIPANTS
A case of a female student with ASD presenting with significant inattentive symptoms.

METHODS
The authors describe the unique features of this patient's clinical presentation, discuss relevant diagnostic considerations, and make recommendations about how to best approach treatment.

RESULTS
This student presented with symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which were first relevant during her time at college, owing to increased demands on planning and other executive functions. She was eventually responsive to treatment with a stimulant, but had more side effects early on.

CONCLUSIONS
As individuals with ASD attend college, their mental health needs will require treatment. However, such treatment draws on a comparatively limited evidence base, and providers need to be aware of potential challenges that may arise.