Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD)

The University Health Center and the University Counseling Center (counseling.uoregon.edu) provides diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders and mental health issues. However, the University Health Center does not routinely perform new evaluations for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) nor do we routinely prescribe medications for ADHD. If you are taking medications for ADHD prescribed elsewhere, we encourage you to continue your treatment relationship with your own prescribing clinician, as UHC clinicians do not provide such refills for ADHD prescriptions. Outside prescriptions, however, can be filled at the University Health Center Pharmacy if you desire.

ADHD is a neuropsychiatric disorder with symptoms and impairment that begin in childhood. Making an accurate diagnosis of ADHD is complicated and time-consuming. Many ADHD symptoms occur frequently in other, more common psychiatric disorders, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, sleep deprivation and substance abuse. Most attention difficulties in college students are due to disorders or problems other than ADHD.  A proper evaluation requires a comprehensive interview; historical data from parents, teachers, and/or school records; and sometimes  psycho-educational testing. During the evaluation, information is gathered about developmental, educational, psychiatric, medical, substance abuse, and family histories. Many students previously diagnosed with ADHD may not have had the thorough evaluation, which the Health Center believes necessary for an accurate diagnosis, or they may lack documentation of such a process.

The campus does provide resources for students who have problems with study skills, time management, organization, and procrastination, which can be barriers to academic success. The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) (tlc.uoregon.edu) offers courses, workshops, individual appointments, math and writing labs, tutoring and study skills coaching.  In addition, throughout the year there are  wellness workshops on topics such as test anxiety, transition to university level work, and procrastination to name a few. The Accessible Education Center (AEC) (aec.uoregon.edu) offers individual and group advising for students with a prior confirmed diagnosis of ADHD and/or a learning disorder, as well as other disabilities.

If you want to pursue a formal evaluation for ADHD or a learning disorder, there are several local psychologists who perform thorough assessments for ADHD and learning disorders as well as providing psychosocial treatments.  There are also a number of psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners in the community who will evaluate and offer medication treatment for ADHD, when indicated. If you have additional questions regarding mental health services at UHC in general or regarding ADHD in particular, you can contact our psychiatric triage nurse at 541-346-1357.