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
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.
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 SASS (Student Academic Support Services 448-5056) for an assessment. If you are recommended for a full evaluation after the assessment at SASS, below are some suggested testing locations. SASS forms must accompany your appointment.
The United Student Insurance Plan now covers this cost after meeting the required deductible.
David B. Goldstein, LPPHD
4646 Poplar Ave, Ste 413
Contracted provider with the Student United Insurance plan
University of Memphis: 678-2147
Cost depends on income – under $25,000/yr = $150.00
(there will be a waiting list)
If you are a UTHSC student or employee (coming soon for BCHS students), you may now schedule appointments, exchange messages with UHS staff, complete forms or surveys, check your financial account summary, or review/print immunizations through a secure online web-based portal using your NetID and password!
University Health Services
910 Madison Ave. Suite 922
Memphis, Tennessee 38163