Attention Deficit Disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD) is a neurological disorder causing difficulties with sustained focus and concentration. The absence of proper treatment and intervention design to help a person learn how to manage this disorder can result in chronic frustration, discouragement, and academic underachievement. The College of William and Mary responds with a team of professionals whose number one goal it is to help students diagnosed with ADD/ADHD avoid pitfalls that could impede successful academic progression. This system of checks and balances is intended to acknowledge the psychological, the neurological, as well as the behavioral aspects of the disorder.
All William and Mary students seeking evaluation, treatment, and/or assistance for ADD/ADHD are advised as follows:
I. Medical treatment/medication monitoring by Student Health Center
Students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD prior to coming to William and Mary (or diagnosed off campus) who are requesting prescriptions to be written for ADD/ADHD medications will be referred to an off-campus psychiatrist for prescribing and management of Class II stimulant agents.
It would be helpful to provide psychiatric/psychological records to include all summaries of psychological testing batteries used to support the diagnosis. These records can be shared with the new provider in the Williamsburg area and eliminate the need for redundant testing. Documentation should clearly support the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, and response to any treatment. The Student Health Center will be happy to assist the student in obtaining an appointment.
For those patients who are presenting for evaluation/treatment of previously undiagnosed ADD/ADHD, the Student Health Center physicians will meet with the patient and determine if the symptoms are supportive of the diagnosis. If so, all patients will be referred for psychological testing and if medication is recommended, a psychiatric referral will follow.
Class II stimulant agents will not be prescribed at the Student Health Center. Patients seeking these medications will be referred to an outside psychiatrist.
All patients receiving ongoing care for ADD/ADHD at the Student Health Center will be advised of the services offered by the Disability services office, and encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean of Students for Disability Services. The patient must agree to follow through on all study skills assessment/classes/follow-up as recommended by the Dean of Students Office.
II. Registration with Disability Services
The student must register as a student with a disability by providing documentation of ADD/ADHD to the Disability Services Office. A comprehensive psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment is the tradional means of demonstrating the significant impact of the ADD/ADHD upon academics.
The Student then should schedule an appointment to discuss individual learning needs and to identify appropriate accommodations with the Assistant Dean of Students for Disability Services by calling 757-221-2510. Disability Services is located in the Dean of Students Office, 109 Campus Center. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. As part of the registration process, students will be expected to sign a Release of Information Form giving consent to the sharing of information with the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, and the professional that has diagnosed ADD/ADHD.
III. Learning Assistance Assessment
The Dean of Students Office provides students with individual counseling on skill-enrichment topics including time management, reading and note taking techniques, test taking strategies, and others. In addition, a series of campus-wide workshops and residence hall presentations are offered throughout the year. Please call 757-221-2510 to obtain more information or to schedule an appointment to meet with a learning assistance counselor.
IV. Counseling Center (optional, but strongly recommended)
Students may wish to address issues related to their ADD/ADHD diagnosis through counseling. The following individual and group counseling options are available:
- Adjustment issues/coping skills
- Possibility of co-existing conditions (e.g., depression)
- Anxiety/stress reduction workshops
- Behavior modification
- Personal success strategies
Call the Counseling Center at 221-3620 to schedule an appointment or inquire about other workshops that are being offered.