If your student has a history of depression, bipolar disorder, or a significant anxiety disorder prior to matriculation, we encourage you to contact us for treatment planning. Research shows that untreated mood and anxiety disorders increase the level of stress for students in college, while effective treatment allows the students to successfully navigate the stress of college life. Managing health care needs while also adjusting to college is a challenge, so it is helpful to establish a support system prior to the start of the school year. We encourage the following:
- Make an appointment at the PCC during the summer prior to matriculation for review of treatment needs.
- Discuss with your local provider specific treatment recommendations and encourage your son or daughter to request the provider to release information to the PCC for transition of care.
- Have a discussion with your student about plans for continued medication if applicable. Many students struggle with compliance regarding medication when they start college. It is helpful to have a conversation that includes the current provider, the new provider, and the student in order to address decisions regarding medication.