Mood and Anxiety Disorders
If your student has a history of depression, bipolar disorder, or a significant anxiety disorder prior to matriculation, we encourage you to develop a transition plan with your home provider to include consideration of coping skills for dealing with stress as well as discussion regarding level of independence in managing both therapy needs and medication management needs. Transition can be a time of risk for management of mood and/ or anxiety symptoms, emphasizing the importance of planning.
We encourage students to maintain contact with their home provider whenever possible; the PCC medical team is available to provide consultation to students, parents, and providers and to help identify appropriate resources. The PCC team reviews each individual request for services and considers both short term and long term needs as we develop a proposed treatment plan.
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:
- Contact the PCC during the summer prior to matriculation for review of you and your students transition plan.
- Discuss with your home provider transition planning and specific treatment recommendations and encourage your son or daughter to sign a release of information enabling your home provider to communicate with the PCC team. In many cases the student may wish to continue working with the home provider for medication/ prescription management.
- 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 home provider, a new provider IF indicated (whether at the PCC or in the Nashville community), and the student in order to address decisions regarding medication.