Policy for ADD/ ADHD Medications and Evaluations
A variety of medications, behavior-changing therapies, and educational options are already available to help people with ADHD focus their attention, build self-esteem, and function in new ways.
What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD?
- Poor school/work performance and poor sustained attention to reading, paperwork, or lectures
- Easily bored by tedious materials
- Poor organization and planning
- Procrastinating until deadlines are imminent
- Impulsive decision-making
- Restlessness, trouble staying in confined spaces
- Cannot work well independently
- Poor listening skills; doesn't listen carefully to directions
- Frequent impulsive job changes
- Poor academic grades despite solid intellectual ability
- Often late for work/appointments
- Frequently misplaces things
- Trouble thinking clearly, using sound judgement, especially under stress
- Impulsive comments to others
How is ADD/ADHD diagnosed?
On their own, none of the sypmtoms of attention deficit disorder are abnormal. Most people feel scattered, unfocused, or distracted at times. Furthermore, the symptoms of ADD/ADHD are easy to confuse with other problems-incuding learning disabilities and emotional issues-that require totally different treatments. They symptoms of ADD/ADHD must be present in multiple settings, such as occupational, academic, and social spheres. If the symptoms only appear in one enviroment, it is unlikely that ADD/ADHD is to blame. Once thought to be exclusively a disorder of childhood, longitudinal follow-up studies have shown that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) persists into adulthood in about 50 percent of cases.
That's why it's important to see a mental health specialist to determine if the symptoms really point to ADD/ADHD.
What to do if you think you have ADD/ADHD and you have not had testing?
ADHD is diagnosed after thorough testing, usually by a psychologist or psychiatrist. Students should check with their insurance carrier to determine which providers would be be covered for an evaluation.
If you would like to consult KUMC Student Health Services for medication treatment options, please review "Treatment of ADD/ADHD at KUMC Student Health Services" section for documentation requirements.
Treatment protocol for ADD/ADHD medications at KUMC Student Health Services
In order for a provider at KUMC Student Health Services to initiate a treament plan, or continue an existing plan for medication, the student must:
- Schedule and appointment with one of the KUMC Student Health physicians
- Provide documentation of a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation within the last 4 years that includes:
- Copies of at least two diagnostic tests done as part of an adult evaluation (examples: WAISIII; Woodcock-Johnson III Cognitive and Achievement Test; Connor AD/HD Rating Scale; Connors Continuous Performance Test),
- Identification of the current functional issues,
- A diagnostic statement, with clinical diagnosis, from the mental health professional who administered the testing,
- A recommendation by the evaluator for a prescription as part of the treatment plan.
Please note that any significant event that would affect diagnosis/function since the last evaluation will necessitate updated testing.
If you have questions about accomodations, please contact Academic Accomodations Services.