Self Help - Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

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:

  • Difficulty focusing attention
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsivity

Signs of AD/HD include:

  • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks
  • Being easily distracted or forgetful in daily activities
  • Making careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities
  • Lack of follow through in completing homework, chores, or responsibilities at work
  • Losing things necessary for tasks or activities
  • Fidgety or difficulty remaining still
  • Talking excessively or not seeming to listen when spoken to
  • Interrupting others or blurting out answers before questions have been completed

If you think you may have an ADD/ADHD diagnosis, you should contact the SASSI (Student Academic Support Services and Inclusion 901-448-5056) to schedule an appointment for testing. Below are other suggested testing locations.

UHS does not provide assessment or diagnosis of ADHD. It is imperative that you have the correct testing to ensure the most effective care. Refer to this link on the SASSI website for details on the testing requirements.   UHS recommends that you take these guidelines with you for your testing appointment.

Testing results must be sent to UHS prior to your appointment for review by the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

The United Student Insurance Plan covers this cost after meeting the required deductible.

David B. Goldstein, LPPHD
4646 Poplar Ave, Ste 413
Phone: (901) 853-3910

Contracted provider with the Student United Insurance plan

University of Memphis: (901) 678-2147

Cost depends on income – under $25,000/yr = $150.00

(there will be a waiting list)

Frequently Asked Questions about ADHD.


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