ADD/ADHD

The SHWC does not diagnose Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD); however, the SHWC does provide medication management for students with ADD/ADHD. 

Patients without prior diagnosis of ADHD

Patients will be referred to the UNT Psychology Clinic at Terrell Hall (940-565-2631) for evaluation.  This testing has a charge and there may be a waiting list. Patients may also seek evaluation at a comparable community-based testing facility. If an ADHD diagnosis is supported after the testing results are reviewed, the patient will be scheduled for an initial evaluation appointment at the SHWC.  If the results are not supportive or inconclusive for ADHD, further psychological testing and psychiatric evaluation will be recommended. If the results are suggestive of ADHD and other mental health conditions are present, then further psychiatric evaluation may be considered. Students with complex mental health conditions and co-existing ADHD may be referred to a higher level of medical care than is available at the SHWC.

Once all evaluations are completed, and the diagnosis of ADHD is diagnostically supported, treatment will be considered.  Treatment may include medication, counseling, and/or referral to the Office of Disability Access (ODA).  Follow-up appointments are typically monthly for the first 3 months and then transition to every other month. Re-evaluation may be required at the provider’s discretion if indicated. 

Patients with a prior diagnosis and treatment for ADHD

Currently diagnosed students must send their records showing official ADHD diagnosis (including any records of psychological testing and medications used for treatment with prescribed dosages) from their prescribing physician before making an appointment. You may fax your records to (940) 369-7042. 

Once the records have been reviewed, the student will be contacted. If medical records and testing are deemed satisfactory, the patient will be seen and treatment continued. If prior medical records and testing are not satisfactory to the reviewing provider, additional medical records may be requested or the patient may be referred for additional psychological testing and evaluation (see Patients without a prior diagnosis of ADHD section above).

Prescriptions for controlled substance medications

Drugs such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are classified as controlled substances and therefore have restrictions on how they can be prescribed.

  • SHWC providers will only prescribe a one-month supply of controlled substances at a time and will not postdate prescriptions for controlled substances.
  • All prescriptions for controlled substance medications are electronically prescribed as required by Texas and federal law.
  • Lost or stolen prescriptions will not be replaced.
  • A patient may only receive a refill prescription 21 days from the date of the last written prescription per Texas law.
  • The Texas Prescription Monitoring Program will be reviewed prior to each visit to assess for proper prescription usage.
  • Urine drug testing will be required at the first ADHD appointment and at least once per year, at a random interval. There is an additional charge for urine testing
  • The use of marijuana and other non-prescribed substances may affect ADHD treatment. Continued use of these substances negatively impacts attention and counteracts the effectiveness of ADHD medications.

 

 


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