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. Because ADD is no longer a recognized diagnostic category, we use the term ADHD on this webpage.
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 evaluation by a well-qualified professional. See below for How can I get an evaluation and/or documentation?
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 evaluate for or diagnose ADHD. They may initiate or continue treatment if you have documentation 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:
- Evaluation report or summary that includes the diagnosis of ADHD and
- Current treatment plans for ADHD, if applicable
You will be asked to read and sign the UHS Stimulant Medication Contract.