Eligibility & How to Schedule an Appointment:
Psychiatric evaluation and short-term follow up treatment options are available through University Counseling Services (UCS). Psychiatry services are available to UWM students who are taking classes for credit and have paid the segregated fee.
- Psychiatry services are prioritized to students NOT currently prescribed psychotropic medication. If you are currently prescribed medication, UCS can help refer you to community providers. All students utilizing UCS Psychiatry are eventually transitioned to community-based providers after short-term treatment.
- Students wishing to pursue a psychiatric evaluation will need to schedule an initial appointment with UCS by contacting us by phone (414) 229-4133.
- A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who has specialized training in diagnosing and managing mental illness.
- It is common for psychiatrists to recommend psychotherapy, including individual or group therapy, in addition to medication.
- Many of the non-controlled medications commonly prescribed by psychiatrists at Norris Counseling Center are available in the Norris dispensary for a fee. Alternatively, written prescriptions may be provided for students to take to a pharmacy of their choice.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
ADHD is a common condition that can be managed in a wide variety of ways, through both medication and non-medication options. To be evaluated for stimulant medication treatment for ADHD through UCS, we require:
- Neuropsychological or neuropsychiatric testing supporting a diagnosis of ADHD. Neuropsychological testing can be pursued on campus through the UWM Psychology Clinic. UCS does not provide this testing.
- The student cannot already be prescribed medication for this condition.
- Note that medical evaluation, an EKG, and/or urine toxicology screens may be requested as part of your assessment.
Stimulants prescribed for ADHD have a high rate of diversion and are “Schedule II” controlled medications, meaning they have a high potential for abuse, a high incidence of physical or psychological dependence, and a recognized medical use. Schedule II drugs are only available by prescription and distribution is carefully controlled and monitored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).