Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) is an increasingly common issue facing college and university students today. AD/HD symptoms may show up when trying to meet academic demands or in relationship problems with friends. Many times, students are academically successful when living in an environment with structure and support. Sometimes, when students begin college or start graduate work they struggle for the first time in their academic career. Despite their history of academic success, these individuals may have undiagnosed ADHD.

The hallmark symptoms of AD/HD include difficulty focusing attention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. These symptoms must be present in two or more settings including school, home,and work and interfere significantly with daily functioning. Other 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

Students who struggle with signs and symptoms of ADHD are welcome to come to the UCC for an ADHD screening. In the event that additional testing and evaluation is needed, the UCC staff will provide students with community referrals for comprehensive ADHD testing and evaluation.

Helpful Links:

Help for Adult ADD/ADHD: Tips for Managing Symptoms and Getting Focused
helpguide.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association

National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD
help4adhd.org

Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Disease Control

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Resources
www.addresources.org

DVD that provides general information on ADD: Totally ADD and Loving It

National Center for Gender Issues and ADHD