I think I have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) what do I do next?
The Student Health Clinic uses criteria for students who think they have ADD or ADHD. Please read the following for more information.
Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are characterized by a number of symptoms that often begin in early childhood. Impaired concentration, problems with attention, impulsive behaviors, fidgeting and distractibility are a few of the common symptoms. It is important to have a thorough evaluation since these symptoms could be the result of other conditions or factors not related to ADD/ADHD, including other learning disabilities, emotional or medical issues. The following information is provided to answer questions for students seeking initial evaluation for symptoms and/or for students already being treated for ADD/ADHD. This process requires student participation and demonstration of sincerity.
Currently, NOT on Medication
To qualify for medication evaluation for the treatment of ADD/ADHD, formal psychological and educational testing must be completed. This formal testing is NOT a service provided on the UNI campus. For further information about outside referral for this testing, please call the UNI Student Health Clinic at 319-273-2009. This testing is expensive, so make sure to check for possible insurance coverage before proceeding with the testing. After testing has been completed, the results must be released to the UNI Student Health Clinic for review prior to further action.
If previous testing has been done, it must meet certain standards and be current, having been completed within the past 3 years.
No treatment will be provided unless all appropriate testing has been done and the requirements for treatment are met.
Currently on Medication
For patients currently on ADD/ADHD medications, certain criteria must be met before a UNI Student Health Clinic medical provider will prescribe these medications. There is no guarantee that the same treatment will be continued. Patients have the option of continuing to receive their medication from their previous medical provider, either in person when visiting home or thru the mail system. If a patient wishes to have care transferred to the UNI Student Health Clinic, the following steps must be taken:
- Send a request for records to your previous medical provider and psychologist for copies of your formal psychological and educational testing within the past 3 years confirming your ADD/ADHD diagnosis and copies of your medication records. These records should be sent/faxed (319-273-7030) to the UNI Student Health Clinic for review. The request for medical records form can be obtained in person at the UNI Student Health Clinic.
- Make sure you have a sufficient supply of your medication from your previous medical provider to allow for time needed for your records to arrive and be reviewed by a UNI Student Health Clinic medical provider.
- After 3 – 4 weeks of sending the request for records, call the UNI Student Health Clinic at 319-273-2009 to confirm that the records were received and reviewed. If appropriate, an appointment will then be made with a UNI Student Health Clinic medical provider.
- The UNI Student Health Clinic medical provider may request certain medical/lab exams for safety monitoring.