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University Health Service (UHS)

Evaluation and Treatment for ADHD
(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that commonly presents initially during childhood and is characterized by developmentally atypical levels of inattention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior. For a person to be diagnosed with ADHD, symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactive-impulsive behavior must cause significant impairment in two or more major life activities, including interpersonal relations, educational or occupational goals, and/or cognitive or adaptive functioning.

There is no simple definitive test for the disorder, and there is significant geographic variation in the diagnosis. Treatment always includes behavioral strategies to improve functioning. In addition, medications may sometimes be helpful. Educational institutions may make accommodations for learning and testing.

Guidelines for Evaluation and Treatment for ADHD

The University Health Service (UHS) has adopted the following guidelines for students who request prescription medications for ADHD:

Medication Treatment

If prescription medication is going to be prescribed by a UHS health care provider based on documentation of an ADHD diagnosis or based on the results of an evaluation that includes testing and assessment, you must sign the "UHS Controlled Medication Agreement." This agreement can be reviewed and signed at the time of your first visit to UHS. The purpose of this agreement is to assure compliance with all applicable state and federal laws regarding controlled medications and to prevent misunderstandings about certain medications. Lost or stolen medications will not be replaced. Periodic urine drug screening may occur. Medications for ADHD are potentially lethal. Giving or selling medications to others is against the law and strictly forbidden.

Requesting Classroom Accommodations

Students seeking academic accommodations should contact the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and submit supporting documentation in accordance with the University of Rochester Equal Opportunity Policy. Students with ADHD often find Study Skills Counseling beneficial. CETL study skills counselors can provide assistance related to time management, test-taking strategies, and motivation. Additionally, CETL offers a 1-credit study skills course, Methods of Inquiry.

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