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ADHD

ADHD is a condition that presents in early childhood and results in difficulties with attention and concentration, focus, distraction, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The transition to college can be difficult if you have ADHD. Your parents and your high school may have provided a lot of structure (e.g. specific times to study, specific times do homework, maintained a consistent schedule, etc.). College provides a lot more freedom, self-regulation, setting your own priorities, and a lot more distractions! Although ADHD symptoms are present in childhood, many students don't receive a diagnosis until coming to college. If you have ADHD, you may work much harder and longer on academics than your peers and they still get better grades. You may read the same textbook passage 4-5 times and still not remember the content. You may forget or come late to classes and appointments.

Common ADHD Symptoms:

  • Difficulty starting and completing tasks on time
  • Difficulty paying attention and concentrating for extended periods of time
  • Feel restless and fidgety
  • Blurt out answers before hearing the entire question
  • Have difficulty waiting your turn to talk
  • Easily distracted in conversations
  • Difficulty following specific instructions and catching all relevant details

What You Can Do If Think You Have ADHD

If you consistently struggle with similar issues, you may consider completing a free on-campus ADHD screening. The screening will let you know if a more thorough ADHD assessment is necessary. The assessment is used to try to rule out other mental health issues and learning disabilities, which can produce symptoms similar to ADHD. Providers will often request that you take this assessment before prescribing ADHD medication. If you are interested in pursuing accommodations on campus (e.g. getting more time to take tests, taking tests in a less distracting location, etc.), you will need to go through this process in order to recieve the necessary assessment documentation.

Additionally, you can try to improve your study skills and learning strategies. You can schedule an appointment for free academic coaching, or seek out the free tutoring services on campus.

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