Counseling and Psychological ServicesADHD Evaluations
Attentional issues may create academic difficulties as well as adversely affect work, social activities and relationships with friends and loved ones. Counseling and Psychological Services provides support for students in managing issues related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in an academic environment.
In order to provide thoughtful, high-quality care, we review 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 is an opportunity to review whether attentional problems stem from ADHD, other factors, such as anxiety or stress, or from a combination of factors.
No two evaluations are precisely the same. We seek to be as efficient and, at the same time, as comprehensive as possible. Even if you are currently being prescribed medication for ADHD by a physician outside Columbia Health, we follow this careful evaluation process, since your situation can change over time. Your 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.
Depending on your circumstances, an evaluation at Counseling and Psychological Services may involve:
- Meetings with a psychologist or social worker to obtain a detailed account of your experience, as well as a detailed history of your functioning since childhood
- Requests for corroborative information, such as report cards and school records from elementary, middle and high school
- Information from your parents, guardians or partners
- Standardized questionnaires
If diagnostic interviewing proves inconclusive, or raises questions that can best be answered by neuropsychological or psychoeducation testing, we can assist with referrals to those off-campus resources.
To schedule an appointment during schedule clinical hours, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services.
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.