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.
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.
If you would like to pursue testing, please visit the ADHD Screening page.
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 pursue testing at KUMC Counseling and Educational Support Center, please visit the ADHD Screening page. Please note that the protocol used is not sufficient enough to meet the required criteria for evaluation for academic accomodations; it is used exclusively in an effort to best serve students through medical treatment for ADHD.
If you decide to go to an outside provider for testing, but would like to see KUMC Student Health Services for medication treatment, please review "Treatment of ADD/ADHD at KUMC Student Health Services" section for documentation requirements.
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:
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.