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    (812) 855-5711

Concentration Difficulties

It's not unusual to have difficulty focusing on academic work. The causes are varied and include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Depression
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Medical conditions
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screening

ADHD is a rare and life-long disorder that can often be helped by prescription medications.

If you suspect you may have ADHD, we can help. CAPS offers a low-cost screening in our office to help assess the cause of your concentration problems. If you would like to be screened, stop by CAPS and tell the receptionist you would like an ADHD screening. No appointment is necessary, but the screening takes approximately 45-60 minutes.

Other Diagnostic Materials

In addition to your screening, we will need the following items to complete your assessment:

  • A questionnaire from a parent or guardian about your past and present concentration problems (you will need to sign a release so we can contact them)
  • School records from kindergarten through 12th grade to assess past academic performance
  • A personal interview by a CAPS Counselor
  • In some cases, a urine drug screen may be requested at any point in the screening process

If your screening and interview suggest you may have ADHD or another psychiatric disorder, you will receive a follow-up appointment with a CAPS psychiatrist.

If you are already being treated for ADHD, you can transfer your care to CAPS. You will need to complete the screening process and sign a release so CAPS can obtain your previous medical records.

Student Stimulant Misuse Policy

Stimulants are Schedule-II drugs, which are controlled medications strictly regulated by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). Your physician cannot give refills for your stimulant medication unless a new prescription is written for each refill. Schedule-II medications cannot be refilled by telephone. Misuse of stimulant medications is a common and recognized concern. CAPS psychiatrists will NOT write prescriptions for lost or stolen prescriptions. Do not give your prescription medication to anyone. Keep your medication in a safe place where others do not have access.