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What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and it includes Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). It is a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to pay attention and control impulsive behaviors. 


Symptoms appear early in life, and different symptoms may appear in different settings. Individuals may show a wide variety of behaviors, but professionals recognize three subtypes of ADHD:

  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type
  • Predominantly inattentive type
  • Combined type


Individuals must receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis by a well-qualified professional. UHS clinicians cannot provide this service. 

How can I get testing and/or documentation on campus?

How can I get a prescription for ADHD medications at UHS?

If you take medications for ADHD, it is especially important that you develop and maintain a relationship with a clinician at UHS. You may see other clinicians at UHS for any other medications, but plan to work with one clinician for your ADHD medication.  

UHS clinicians do not diagnose ADHD. They may initiate or continue treatment if you have proof of ADHD diagnosis. 

To obtain a prescription at UHS, you must visit a UHS physician. Bring the following documentation to the first visit, or send in advance to UHS Health Information Management:

  1. Testing for and diagnosis of ADHD and
  2. Current treatment plans for ADHD

You will be asked to read and sign the UHS Stimulant Medication Contract

To schedule an appointment, call 734-764-8320 or see How to Get Health Care

How can I request academic accommodations for ADHD?

Students with documented ADD/ADHD can register with Services for Students with Disabilities.

For more information:

Counseling and Psychological Services is a student's primary campus resource for mental health services.

University Health Service provides medication management of common mental health concerns. 734-764-8320

Find Quiet Places to Study at U-M

CampusMindWorks supports U-M students who have been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health disorder. This site provides information and resources to help students prioritize their mental health and get the most out of their college experience.

Resources for Stress and Mental Health lists additional campus, local and national resources.

Virginia Tech offers information for college students about coping with ADHD.

The Mayo Clinic provides information on ADHD in adults.