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.

Clinicians at student health services offer diagnosis and medication management for some psychiatric conditions. However, after careful deliberation and assessment of currently available resources, Student Health Services has decided that we will no longer prescribe stimulant medications for ADHD/ADD.

Student Health Services remains committed to students who feel they may have symptoms concerning for ADHD/ADD. Students with these concerns are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a provider to discuss whether outside evaluation may be indicated.  Students who arrived at Oregon State University with a current prescription for stimulant medications are encouraged to continue a relationship with their prescribing provider.

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.