ADHD Evaluations

Counseling and Psychological Services provides support for students in managing issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in an academic environment. CPS reviews symptoms, current functioning and past history of problems with all students who are concerned they might have ADHD, or who have been previously diagnosed with ADHD.

This service is available to all students enrolled in Columbia Health. To receive an ADHD evaluation, contact Counseling and Psychological Services for an appointment.

Evaluation

No two evaluations are precisely the same. We seek to be as efficient and, at the same time, as comprehensive as possible.

Depending on the student’s circumstances, an evaluation at Counseling and Psychological Services may involve:

  • Meetings with a psychologist or social worker to obtain a detailed account of the student’s experience, as well as a detailed history of functioning since childhood
  • Requests for corroborative information, such as report cards and school records from elementary, middle and high school
  • Information from parents, guardians or partners
  • Standardized questionnaires

Once the psychologist or social worker has completed the evaluation, students can use, as clinically appropriate the full range of services at Counseling and Psychological Services, including short-term counseling, time management and procrastination workshops, and meeting with a psychiatrist for medication consultation. We will also assist with referrals for ongoing care, if needed.

Academic Accommodations

Disability Services provides non-clinical consultations to students who are experiencing academic difficulties related to attentional issues or learning difficulties. All requests for academic accommodations related to ADHD are evaluated by Disability Services. Students must register with Disability Services for such requests.
 

FAQs

What is the impact of attentional issues?

Attentional issues may create academic difficulties as well as adversely affect work, social activities and relationships with friends and loved ones. This is an opportunity to review whether attentional problems stem from ADHD, other factors, such as anxiety or stress, or from a combination of factors.

Why do I need another ADHD evaluation if I received one from my doctor?

Even if a student is currently being prescribed medication for ADHD by a physician outside of Columbia Health, you will have a careful evaluation process, since one’s situation can change over time. Functioning may improve or worsen with changes in life circumstance and in age. Similarly, the effectiveness of treatment interventions, including medications, may change over time, and need to be reviewed periodically.

What happens if diagnostic interviews for ADHD proves inconclusive?

If diagnostic interviews prove inconclusive, or raises questions that can best be answered by neuropsychological or psychoeducation testing, Counseling and Psychological Services can assist you with referrals to those off-campus resources.

Last updated April 07, 2014