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Welcome to Trinity's ADHD Clinic - Your One-Stop Support Center!
Navigating college life with ADHD can sometimes feel challenging, but we're here to make things a little easier for you. Our new ADHD Clinic, a collaborative effort between the Disability Service and College Health, was crafted with YOU in mind. So, what is this clinic all about?
In a nutshell, the ADHD Clinic is a specialized hub designed to cater to students with ADHD. Here’s a snapshot of what we launched in our pilot year:
- Semi-Annual Engagements: We understand the varying challenges faced across the academic year. That's why we meet with students in week 7 of each semester, aiming to provide timely support when it might be most needed.
- Coordinated Support: This clinic isn't just about ADHD; it's about the whole student experience. Whether you need assistance with academic tasks through Occupational Therapy, some guidance on managing your mental well-being, or even information and oversight regarding ADHD medication, we've got you covered.
- Expanding Horizons: The good news? This is just the beginning! Given the positive engagement in our pilot year with 13 students, we're gearing up to expand our services and reach even more students in the coming academic year.
College can be a whirlwind, but with the right support, it can be a breeze. Our ADHD Clinic is here to be that steadfast companion on your academic journey. Dive in, explore, and let’s navigate the path to success together!
College Health Centre
Referral for Ongoing ADHD Treatment and Management
Applications for the Autumn clinic must be received by the 1st of October.
Applications for the Spring clinic must be received by the 1st of March.
The College Health Service offers a new clinical care pathway for students who have been diagnosed with ADHD. This pathway will dovetail with the recently launched National Clinical Programme Model of Care for Adults with ADHD, by the Health Service Executive.
If you have an established diagnosis of ADHD from a Clinical Psychiatrist, you may be eligible for referral to the College Psychiatrist for ongoing treatment and management.
Please carefully read the information booklet available here before completing the form enclosed in it. International students are advised to read information on access to medication from the College Health Centre by clicking here.
Research the medication regulations of the country you are traveling to: Each country has its own regulations on medications, and some medications that are legal in your home country may not be licensed or allowed in the country you are traveling to, therefore, it is important to research the medication regulations of your destination country in advance.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist: Before traveling to a new country, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss any medications you are taking and whether they are licensed in the destination country. Your doctor or pharmacist can advise you on how to manage your medications while abroad, including obtaining new prescriptions if necessary.
Carry a copy of your prescriptions: When traveling with medications, it is important to carry a copy of your prescriptions in case you need to refill your medications or if you are questioned by customs or immigration officials.
Consider alternative medications: If a medication you are taking is not licensed in the country you are traveling to, you may need to consider alternative medications that are licensed in that country. Your doctor or pharmacist can help you identify suitable alternatives.
Student Guide: College Health and disAblity Service's ADHD Clinical Care Pathway
What is this new clinical care pathway?
Trinity's College Health Service and disAbility Service has introduced a special pathway to support students diagnosed with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). This is in line with the new national guidelines provided by the Health Service Executive.
Quick Facts About ADHD:
- ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder.
- Roughly 5% of children are diagnosed with ADHD.
- Nearly 2/3 of these children will still face challenges in adulthood.
- 15% of these children will continue to fully fit the ADHD diagnosis in adulthood.
- ADHD can impact education, mental health, and overall well-being.
- 500 plus ADHD students in Trinity
How Can College Health Service Help?
- For Existing ADHD Patients:
- If you already have an ADHD diagnosis and a stable care plan, the College Health Service will support your ongoing clinical care.
- For New ADHD Patients:
- The service does not provide new ADHD assessments or start new medication treatments.
How about the national care model by the Health Service Executive (HSE)?
- The HSE has its national care model for adults with ADHD. However, currently, the availability of this service is limited, with only 3 services in Ireland in 2022. This might change in the future.
- If you're over 18 and live in Community Healthcare Organisations (CHO) areas 1, 3, or 6, you can access ADHD clinics in these regions through a GP referral. More Info on HSE's National Clinical Programme for ADHD in Adults here
Private Sector & Medication Details
- Some clinicians in the private sector offer ADHD assessments. Check the adhdireland.ie website for updated details on private sector ADHD assessments.
- Important: Adderal is NOT available in Ireland. If you're an incoming international student on Adderal, consult your psychiatrist to switch to an available ADHD medication in Ireland before arriving.
Medication at Trinity
- The College Health Service prescribes:
- No other ADHD medications will be provided.
Do You Qualify for Referral?
- You must have a confirmed ADHD diagnosis from a Consultant Psychiatrist.
- You need a recent clinical reassessment (within the last 6 months before starting at the College).
- Patients with complex psychiatric conditions are not eligible.
- You'll remain under your initial consultant's care until assessed by the College Psychiatrist, which can take up to a year.
Special Notes for Incoming Students
- One-Year Program Students: Will not be transferred to the College Health Psychiatrist Service. Their care will return to their primary psychiatrist after the study period.
- International Students for more than a year: Will get an appointment to transfer their care to the College Psychiatrist, likely in June of the year following entry.
- If you're engaged with services outside Trinity, apply to the Disability Service. They can assist with needs assessment, accommodations, and personalized academic and occupational therapy supports.
If you're currently using or abusing cannabis, substances, or alcohol, this pathway isn't suitable for you, and you won't be seen.
Always remember: Trinity's College Health Service is committed to ensuring the well-being and health of all its students. If you have any questions or concerns, please approach them for guidance and support.