Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (or ADHD) is characterized by a number of symptoms that begin in childhood, including:

  • Problems with attention, concentration and organization
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Fidgeting
  • Distractibility

Some people will have these symptoms minus the hyperactive fidgeting, sometimes referred to as ADD.

There is no single test for ADHD/ADD, which is a complex condition and is sometimes difficult to diagnose.

It is important to have a thorough evaluation since these symptoms could be the result of other conditions or factors not related to ADHD.


PLEASE NOTE: Student Health Services is implementing a new monitoring program for patients being prescribed stimulant medications.  This program is designed to improve patient safety and encourage proper medication use.  The program asks that patients agree to periodic drug screening and have a negative drug screen before starting stimulant medications at Student Health, which includes negative testing for cannabis/marijuana. If you are a student or staff member with questions about this new policy please feel free to contact Student Health Services at 541-737-9355 and ask to speak to our Medical Director or a member of ARRT.

Other conditions can cause poor focus and/or distractibility

It is important to know that ADHD/ADD is not the only cause of poor focus and/or distractibility. Other causes might include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders or sleep deprivation.


For questions about ADHD, please contact:
  • Brian Cooke
  • Medical Records Coordinator
  • P: 541-737-7609
  • F: 541-737-5528
  • Also available via Email








The following is necessary information in order to be considered for medical treatment with stimulant medications for ADHD or ADD at Student Health Services. It will be the patient’s responsibility to provide the requested information to the Medical Records Office for review by the ADHD Record Review Team (ARRT).

The ARRT will review the information to determine If the Student meets criteria to be treated with stimulant medications by a qualified medical provider at OSU Student Health Services.

If testing is needed, it will be the patient’s responsibility to get testing completed. Testing is not a service provided at Student Health Services and is not covered under the health fee. Clinicians that perform the testing can be found in the ADHD Printable Handout.


  • You will need have formal neurocognitive testing performed.

  • Once you have been tested, please ensure that test results are provided to the Medical Records Office at Student Health Service Room.


  • Testing from a clinical psychologist/neuropsychologist that shows a diagnosis of ADHD or ADD. 

  • If no testing is available or cannot be obtained you will need to be re-tested.

  • At least the last two years of treatment records will be needed if you have been prescribed stimulant medications previously. If recently diagnosed and treated less than 2 years all treatment records will be needed.


PLEASE NOTE: If all information is not received within 3 months the case will be closed, but can be reopened once appropriate documentation has been provided by the patient.

Once all documents have been provided to the Medical Records Office the following steps will occur:

  • Message will be sent to you confirming that all required documents have been received.

  • Cases will be reviewed by ARRT in order received. Incomplete files will not be placed in queue for review until completed. An additional message will be sent to you when your records are up for review.

  • If after review your case does not have adequate supporting documentation for treatment at OSU the Medical Records Office will notify you of what steps may be taken to help you meet criteria, or you may choose to continue treatment with your current clinician.

  • If your case meets criteria for medical management at OSU, the Front Desk at Student Health Services will contact you to schedule an appointment to discuss medical management with an SHS provider. All final decisions for prescribing are at the discretion of the treating provider.


PLEASE NOTE: It can take up to 3 months for this process to be completed. It is the responsibility of the patient to make sure they have enough medication to get through this process.