ADHD Resources & Treatment
At Campus Health Services (CHS), we know that ADHD can make college tough. Whether you’re continuing existing ADHD treatment through college or seeking answers about attention difficulties for the first time, we are here to help.
Here’s what we know about ADHD and how to manage it:
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a cluster of symptoms characterized by difficulty managing attention and other executive functions. Executive functions are brain-based skills that help you complete tasks. Examples include: organization, emotion regulation, sustained attention, and problem solving.
- There are three distinct types of ADHD: Predominantly Inattentive Type; Predominantly Hyperactive Type; and Combined Type. ADHD symptoms can vary throughout the lifespan.
- ADHD treatment cannot “cure” or completely eliminate symptoms. Instead, Campus Health takes an integrative treatment approach to empower you to reach your goals despite executive function difficulties.
ADHD can be tricky to diagnose. Many symptoms that look like ADHD are actually caused by other conditions such as sleep disorders, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. At Campus Health, we are committed to working with you to accurately identify the cause of your symptoms. Check out the Students Never Diagnosed with ADHD section below for more information about where to start.
How to Get Started with ADHD Services at CAPS:
For students Previously Diagnosed with ADHD
If you have an existing ADHD diagnosis for which you currently receive treatment, you can request to transfer your treatment to CAPS or continue with your existing provider. To initiate counseling and psychiatry services, you will need to have an in-person triage visit. In addition, the ADHD Information Pamphlet will need to be completed to request medication management for ADHD at CAPS. See the ADHD Services Offered at CAPS section below for more information.
For students Never Diagnosed with ADHD
If you have never been tested for ADHD but think it might explain your difficulties, meet with one of our counselors to decide which treatment options are right for you. Many factors can impact learning, concentration, and focus. A thorough evaluation is the first step in identifying the source of these difficulties in order to provide the best treatment. See the Psychodiagnostic Evaluations for ADHD below for more details.
If difficulties with executive functions like managing your time, staying on task, and avoiding distractions are keeping you from reaching your true potential, our Attention Management Program (AMP) can help even if you do not have a diagnosis! See the description below or talk to a CAPS provider for more information.
Psychodiagnostic Evaluations for ADHD
Campus Health Service does not offer psychodiagnostic evaluations for ADHD at this time. However, this program is currently under construction! Beginning in late Fall 2019, CAPS will pilot a program to offer brief psychodiagnostic evaluations to students with executive functioning concerns. There will be a fee for evaluations at CAPS. Because this is a brand new service, evaluations will be limited in scope and availability.
In the meantime, our counselors can help connect you with an off-campus psychologist for ADHD evaluation. Evaluation may be covered by your health insurance. Walk in during CAPS Triage Hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) or call to make an appointment to meet with a Triage Counselor or Clinical Care Coordinator to get started (CAPS Main: 520-621-3334, CAPS North: 520-626-3100).
ADHD Services Offered at CAPS:
CAPS has providers on staff who specialize in individual, couples, and group counseling for adults with ADHD. You can decide together with your Triage Counselor which are the best options for you. Check out the details about our Attention Management Program (AMP) to learn skills to manage the unique challenges of attending college with ADHD. To get started, complete a Triage Visit with one of our counselors. You can walk in or pre-schedule a 20-minute Triage appointment during CAPS Triage Hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm).
Attention Management Program (AMP)
AMP is a 4-session workshop designed for students who struggle with attention difficulties. AMP participants learn mindfulness-based strategies, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and other evidence-based behavioral tools designed to help you improve your attention capacity and productivity. This workshop is designed to either complement ongoing medication treatment or to stand alone if you're not using medicines to manage attention symptoms. You may also benefit from this workshop if you struggle with things like organization, sustaining focus, or managing time, regardless of whether you have an ADHD diagnosis.
All requests for ADHD medication at Campus Health Services are handled through CAPS. CAPS psychiatry providers have expertise in the specific medications that are often used to manage ADHD symptoms. Most effective ADHD medications are controlled substances that carry substantial risks if used improperly. To balance the utility and potential risk of these medicines, CAPS psychiatry providers work closely with clients to select and monitor medication. A formal diagnosis of ADHD is required before beginning medication management services at CAPS.
To meet with a CAPS Psychiatry provider for ADHD medication, you must first complete the ADHD Informational Pamphlet and an in-person Triage Visit. You can obtain this pamphlet from any CAPS provider. Walk in during CAPS Triage Hours (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) or call to make an appointment to meet with a Triage Counselor to get started (CAPS Main: 520-621-3334, CAPS North: 520-626-3100).
ADHD Medication FAQ:
The CHS pharmacy can fill any VALID prescriptions within 90 days of the date they were written. State laws, insurance reimbursement rules, and doctor discretion will determine if a prescription can be obtained for a 90-day supply or if only 30 days can be dispensed.
*NOTE: Students cannot use health insurance for prescription coverage at CHS, UNLESS they have the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan. The full cost of the medications will be charged for all other prescriptions filled and may not be reimbursed by your insurance company.
The CHS pharmacy CANNOT fill prescriptions mailed or faxed to them. You can, however, send, or have the doctor send, the prescription to the student, who can then bring it to the CHS pharmacy to be filled. In addition, under revised rules for prescribing controlled medications, your physician may now be able to send prescriptions electronically to the CHS Pharmacy or other pharmacies in the area. Please consult your home prescriber to see if this is an option.
Many University of Arizona students utilize off-campus psychiatry and other behavioral health services for the treatment of ADHD. A CAPS Clinical Care Coordinator can assist you in finding an off-campus provider. There is no charge for this service. Alternatively, see the information above in the Medication Management section for information about requesting ADHD medication services at CAPS.
Campus & Community Resources:
- CHADD of Tucson: Adult Support Group (7-9pm, the Second Wednesday of the Month, Pet Partners of Arizona building)
- Disability Resource Center: Find out about establishing accommodations and modifications at UA.
- SALT Center: Academic support program for UA students with learning and attention challenges.
- THINK TANK: Find out more about campus programs for academic support.
Blogs & Online Reading
- ADDitude Magazine: https://www.additudemag.com/
- HowtoADHD: https://howtoadhd.com/
- The Cut (of New York Magazine) ADHD Tag Section: https://www.thecut.com/tags/adhd/
- Gina Pera’s ADHD Roller Coaster blog: https://adhdrollercoaster.org/
- Driven to Distraction: Recognizing & Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood | By: Edward M Hallowell, MD & John J. Ratey, MD
- Taking Charge of Adult ADHD | By: Russel A. Barkley, PhD with Christine M. Benton
- ADHD in Adults: What the Science Says | By: Russel A. Barkley, PhD & Kevin R. Murphy, PhD & Mariellen Fischer, PhD
- You Mean I’m not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?! – A Self-Help Book for Adults with ADD | By: Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo
- Organizing Solutions for People with ADHD, 2nd Edition-Revised and Updated: Tips and Tools to Help You Take Charge of Your Life and Get Organized | By: Susan Pinsky
- The Mindfulness Prescription for Adult ADHD | By: Lydia Zylowska, MD
- More resources online: http://lidiazylowska.com/about/mindfulness-for-adhd/