Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD)

The University Health Center does not generally perform evaluations or prescribe medications for ADHD.  If you are taking medications for ADHD prescribed elsewhere, we encourage you to continue your treatment relationship with your own physician, as UHC clinicians do not provide refills for ADHD prescriptions originating elsewhere.  Outside prescriptions, however, can be filled at the University Health Center pharmacy if you desire.

BACKGROUND

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) is a neuropsychiatric disorder with symptoms and impairment that begin in childhood or early adolescence.  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, and substance abuse.  A proper evaluation requires a comprehensive interview; historical data from parents, teachers and/or school records; and possibly neuropsychiatric testing.  The evaluation collects information about developmental, educational, psychiatric, medical, substance abuse, and family histories.  Many students previously diagnosed with ADHD may not have had the thorough evaluation that the Health Center believes necessary for the diagnosis, or they may lack documentation of such a process.  Unfortunately, the Health Center does not presently have the resources to properly conduct evaluations for ADHD.