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LD/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

In addition to managing ongoing pharmacologic treatment and psychotherapy to address learning and attention problems, and the University Counseling Center has professionals available to provide assessment of learning disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other concerns affecting cognition and academic performance.

ADHD Evaluation

If you are interested in psychological testing for the above concerns, please discuss a referral with your UCC provider or, if you do not have a UCC provider, with Office of Student Care Coordination.  There is a fee for testing services at the UCC.  You are encouraged to speak with a Care Coordinator at the Office of Student Care Coordination if you have concerns about cost.

If you would prefer to work with a community provider who is familiar with UCC documentation requirements, please contact the Office of Student Care Coordination and a Student Care Coordinator will assist you in connecting with a community provider who does psychological testing.

A persistent pattern of signs and symptoms as a child is essential for a diagnosis of adult ADHD. Therefore, evaluations for ADHD include collecting information from a parent or other adult who has known you well since early childhood. Parent report is helpful in providing important evidence of early impairment from symptoms. ADHD evaluations at the UCC also include collecting information from an adult who knows you currently (roommate, partner, family member, or close friend) to provide evidence of current impairment from symptoms.

Once the above information has been collected, you will be scheduled for a two-hour ADHD evaluation with a UCC clinician. A comprehensive diagnostic interview will be performed to review the evidence for ADHD and consider whether your symptoms may be caused or worsened by something other than ADHD. This may take more than one visit. Several mental and physical health conditions can mimic or coexist with ADHD, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, adjustment disorders, and learning disorders. Alcohol and other drug use can also cause ADHD-like symptoms and/or coexist with ADHD. Evidence for these other disorders is also assessed during the ADHD Evaluation.

If, after the above evaluation is complete, there is still a lack of clarity in the diagnosis, or if there is concern for other etiologies of your symptoms, you may be referred to a UCC provider for treatment of the co-occurring symptoms to assess the impact upon attention/concentration.

Medication Management

If a diagnosis of ADHD is made or confirmed, you will be referred to a UCC medical provider. The decision of whether or not to medicate and what kind of medication to use will be made by you and your treating provider. Once a decision is made for treatment with stimulant medication, students will receive prescriptions in no more than 30 day amounts. In order to receive a refill, the student must return for a medication assessment every 30 days unless otherwise indicated. Note that not all students respond to stimulant medication and that for some students, other medications for ADHD are more appropriate and effective.

For Incoming Students

  • If you are currently receiving stimulant medication for ADHD and plan to have the medical providers at the UCC prescribe, you must provide the complete test report documenting the diagnosis of ADHD. This should include educational or psychological testing results. In addition to the complete test report, you should provide a summary of treatment recommendations.
  • If your educational or psychological test report is not immediately available UCC providers may prescribe one month of stimulant medication pending receipt of the test report.  In these instances, the UCC will request your consent to speak with a parent/guardian and the provider who made the initial diagnosis to confirm the following:
    • Developmental history consistent with ADHD
    • Confirmation that testing has been done and is consistent with ADHD

What if I have not undergone psychological or educational testing?

In the absence of psychological or educational testing there are the following options:

  • If a diagnosis was made by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist prior to 18 years of age:
    • You should provide a summary of treatment recommendations from the provider who made the initial diagnosis. All records should be provided to the Office of Student Care Coordination (OSCC).
    • Written consent should be provided for the UCC provider to talk with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis.
    • Written consent should be provided for the UCC provider to obtain developmental history from parent/ guardian.
  • If you were not assessed/treated by a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, you may need to undergo an ADHD diagnostic evaluation the UCC.