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Missouri S&T recognizes:
- ADD/ADHD is a chronic, neurological condition affecting nearly 10% of undergraduate students.
- Untreated symptoms can adversely affect academic and social functioning.
- The proper path to diagnosis is extensive and requires—
- Meeting full criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
- Psychological and medical assessment to evaluate for potential coexisting emotional, behavioral, developmental, and physical conditions.
- Interviewing parents and teachers, and reviewing academic performance.
- Neuropsychological testing.
- Inappropriate use of ADD/ADHD (i.e., stimulant) medication is estimated at 35% of students on most college campuses. This improper use can lead to serious, negative medical, legal, and psychiatric consequences.
Missouri S&T responds:
S&T has a range of non-medication-based programs and services to assist academic functioning, and develop study skills and test-taking strategies. These services include advising, counseling, peer support, tutoring, and advocacy. In addition, a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD with proper documentation may qualify for reasonable academic accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The scope of practice at Student Health Services (SHS) does NOT include the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD nor the treatment thereof with medications. Additionally, due to a dearth of providers, services are limited in the regional area. SHS will assist any student on an individual basis to make the best decisions regarding the academic and social impacts of ADD/ADHD.