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Psychotropic drug use among college students: patterns of use, misuse, and medical monitoring.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21823962     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether college students who use psychotropic drugs are (1) aware of potential side effects, (2) appropriately monitored by prescribing physicians, and (3) taking medications as prescribed.
PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-five college students, currently taking psychotropic medications, were recruited between Summer 2008 and Fall 2009.
METHODS: Participants were given interviews assessing (1) interactions with prescribing physicians, (2) patterns of psychotropic drug use, and (3) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) substance use disorders.
RESULTS: Twenty-five percent of participants did not remember being assessed for suicidal ideation. A large number of participants took their medications in different quantities or frequencies than prescribed and 35% of participants met DSM criteria for substance dependence.
CONCLUSIONS: Many students are misusing psychotropic medications and this misuse is not being communicated with prescribing physicians.
Lindsay M S Oberleitner; Golfo K Tzilos; Kathryn M Zumberg; Emily R Grekin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of American college health : J of ACH     Volume:  59     ISSN:  1940-3208     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Coll Health     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-09     Completed Date:  2011-12-23     Revised Date:  2012-01-26    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8214119     Medline TA:  J Am Coll Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  658-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chi-Square Distribution
Depression / diagnosis
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Health Services Accessibility*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Mental Health
Mental Health Services
Psychotropic Drugs*
Street Drugs*
Students / psychology*
Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
Suicidal Ideation
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Psychotropic Drugs; 0/Street Drugs

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