Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) - also commonly know as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) - is a brain based disorder that affects 3-5% of people around the world.
The most common symptoms of ADHD are:
- Inattention: being easily distracted, zoning out, difficulty getting started on things, not finishing work, difficulty listening, losing things
- Impulsiveness: interrupting others during a conversation, saying or doing things without thinking
- Hyperactivity: fidgeting, restlessness, disorganization, jumping from one task to another
Almost everyone has difficulty with concentration, focus, or organization from time to time. In individuals with ADHD, these difficulties are more frequent and severe when compared to their peers and can interfere with academic achievement, self-esteem, and relationships.
What ADHD services does the Counseling Center offer?
- ADHD screening: Not sure if you have ADHD? A brief screening for ADHD is available.
- Individual counseling: Counseling may include education about ADHD and learning how to manage your ADHD symptoms (e.g., time-management; study skills).
- Limited psychiatric evaluation and follow-up services: If you meet the criteria for ADHD and are interested in medication, you will be referred to our staff psychiatrist.
- Campus and community referral information: Your provider can help you locate a long-term counselor or other behavior specialist.
What to expect during an ADHD screening at the Counseling Center?
- The ADHD screening offered at the Counseling Center requires a series of appointments where you will be asked to complete the following:
- General intake assessment and ADHD interview: During these interviews, your counselor will ask about ADHD symptoms, as well as a variety of other aspects of your life including your sleep, appetite, and mood.
- Questionnaires: these pencil and paper assessment tools help us understand the nature, severity, and impact of the symptoms you report
- Computerized testing: computer testing allows counselors to measure performance on tasks requiring attention
- Upon completion of the ADHD screening, your counselor will provide feedback and recommendations.
- Keep in mind that the Counseling Center offers a brief screening. In some cases, additional psychological testing or evaluation in the community may be recommended.