How Can I Get Academic Accommodations for ADHD?
You can ask your therapist or psychiatric provider to give you a letter supporting accommodations. You can submit the letter to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) (https://disability.ufl.edu/) on campus and meet with a DRC counselor to discuss what accommodations will best promote your academic success.
How Can I Get a Prescription for ADHD Medication at SHCC Psychiatry?
We require the following steps prior to making an appointment with a psychiatric provider for treatment of ADHD:
- A consultation at the Counseling and Wellness Center followed by a referral to Student Health Care Center Psychiatry.
- Copies of neuropsychological testing/evaluation for ADHD within the last five years or current testing for ADHD (see section below on How/Where I Get Tested for ADHD).
- Copies of medical records of ADHD treatment (if you have been previously treated).
- A urine drug screen (see section below on How/Where to Get a Urine Drug Screen).
- A physical exam by a primary care provider in the last 6 months.
How/Where Can I Get Tested for ADHD?
On campus: Counseling and Wellness Center 352-392-1575
UF Health: Clinical and Health Psychology 352- 265-0294
Other Community Resources: UF Disability Resource Center
How/Where Can I Get A Urine Drug Screen?
Here are options for obtaining a urine drug screen (UDS, 10 panel test).
- Check with the Student Health Center to see if your insurance will cover a urine drug screen (UDS) at their location.
- The following clinic offers the best price for UDS if you are uninsured:
CareSpot: 720 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 160A; Phone: 352-240-8000
Let the receptionist know you are there for a UDS, 10-panel test. You will need to sign a Release of Information form with the lab. This will then allow them to fax us the results of your test to 352-392-8452. You may check with the Student Health Center to see if your insurance will cover a UDS at their location.
Policy for Ongoing ADHD Treatment at SHCC Psychiatry
We require students who are being treated for ADHD in our clinic to:
- Come in for appointments on a regular basis and have vital signs (blood pressure, pulse) checked periodically.
- Obtain periodic drug screens as requested by the provider.
- Keep prescriptions and medications for ADHD in a safe and secure place.
- Use the medication only as prescribed and not share it with other people.
- Avoid non-prescribed drug use or alcohol misuse.
Times When Medication Is Not the Best Treatment for ADHD
There are times when medication for ADHD medication poses medical and psychiatric risks that exceed their benefits. At these times we will discontinue medication while recommending psychotherapy as well as continuing accommodations through the UF Disability Resource Center (352-392-8566).
Here are some instances when medication may not be a good fit for students with ADHD:
- The student has high blood pressure or a high pulse rate, or starts having these problems on medication.
- The student has medical problems or is on medication that makes stimulant use unsafe.
- The student has an eating disorder or psychotic disorder that medication could worsen.
- The student does not follow the Policy for Ongoing ADHD Treatment at SHCC Psychiatry (see above).
Resources for ADHD
Books: Delivered from Distraction, Driven to Distraction