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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is an increasingly common issue facing college students today. AD/HD symptoms show up in various situations, such as in the college classroom, and may create difficulties getting work done. Symptoms may also affect relationships with friends and family. While AD/HD symptoms are frequently present prior to 7 years of age and are most commonly diagnosed in children, AD/HD often goes undiagnosed until adulthood. This can have a negative effect on an individual's sense of self-worth. For example, those with misunderstood AD/HD symptoms may have taken in negative perceptions of themselves as "lazy," "dumb," or "slow." To complicate matters further, men may be over-diagnosed and women may be under-diagnosed. The hallmark symptoms of AD/HD include:
It is not unusual for university students to experience some symptoms of AD/HD at some time in their college careers. For instance, at some point in their schooling, university students may find that they have difficulty focusing on schoolwork or make impulsive, poorly thought-out decisions; these characteristics alone are not reflective of AD/HD. Rather, symptoms must be present in two or more settings including school, home, and work and interfere significantly with daily functioning. Further, symptoms of depression or anxiety may be mistakenly understood as AD/HD. If you have questions about AD/HD or any other distress you may be experiencing, assistance is available at the Health Services Counseling Department.
Signs of AD/HD include:
Health Services does not offer comprehensive ADHD screening and testing for students. However, students can visit with a Health Services counselor if they are concerned about ADHD. The counselor will refer the student to a community resource for ADHD testing if they feel testing would be beneficial to the student. The testing can be quite costly, and students will want to contact their insurance companies in advance to discuss coverage.
Call 218-726-7913 to schedule an appointment.