growing up: transitioning to adult care

On entering adulthood, Lana took responsibility for her ADHD treatment decisions.

Transitioning to adult care

  • Aged 18, after a period of partial adherence to her medication, Lana spoke to Dr Martins and they came to a joint decision to stop her medication
  • Lana was referred to adult services near her university for follow-up support, to ensure that she could resume treatment in future if she wished


New challenges in adulthood

  • One year after referral, Lana was showing signs of depression and was struggling at university
  • Lana’s new doctor prescribed antidepressant medication
  • Although Lana was not currently receiving ADHD medication, her doctor took into account potential drug–drug interactions with ADHD medication when selecting an appropriate antidepressant, in case Lana should wish to resume ADHD medication in the future
  • One year later, Lana asked to resume medication treatment, because she was struggling to cope with her university work and stress that she was experiencing due to an unplanned pregnancy
  • After consultation with her psychiatrist, Lana agreed to begin psychosocial treatment instead, because ADHD medications are not currently recommended during pregnancy


Key learning

Support your patients as they transition to adult care. Entering adulthood can present new challenges as a patient’s life, and the demands placed on them, evolve. Continuity of care is essential.