Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with functioning in multiple settings. Symptoms generally present in childhood and cause impairment in social, academic, and/or occupational functioning. Some students enter college with a history of ADHD and it is important to continue treatment, including ongoing medication management and counseling, when appropriate. Many students experience difficulty adjusting to college life and report periods of decreased concentration, attention, restlessness and distractibility. For most, these symptoms do not indicate ADHD and will resolve over time without intervention. If they persist, it may be necessary to schedule an evaluation to determine the underlying causes of the impairment. Evaluation may involve a diagnostic interview, including academic, personal and family history. In many cases it may also be necessary to obtain psychological testing to confirm the diagnosis of ADHD as the symptoms of other disorders (anxiety, depression, trauma, and alcohol and drug abuse) are often confused with ADHD.
The Student Health and Wellness Center policy requires that all students seeking treatment for ADHD with one of our psychiatry providers must first have a comprehensive evaluation on file to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.