Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Dr. Kip Myers on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

During college, our capacity for scholarship, managing time and money, and emotional growth is put to the test. When overwhelmed by these challenges, students often ask me if they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). I hope to shed light on this important subject.

Symptoms of ADHD

Previously called minimal brain dysfunction, ADHD is a developmental disorder characterized by poor attention and organization, excessive physical movement, and impulsive, poor judgment causing serious consequences in most spheres of a person’s life, by age seven. As many as eight percent of children are affected, and their school records reflect far below average grades and frequent discipline problems. Less than half of them will have residual attention problems in adulthood. However, when the problems do persist in adulthood, lives are often complicated by increased risk of motor vehicle accidents, sexually transmitted diseases, and divorce due to their unreliable and impulsive behavior. Unemployment is more likely and, not surprisingly, adults with ADHD are overrepresented in jail and prison populations.

ADHD Screening Testing at CAPS

ADHD and other conditions that impair attention are treatable, and the staff at CAPS have the skills to help. ADHD screenings are offered by appointment only Monday through Friday. To determine whether you can be benefit from ADHD screening service, the following conditions will be taken into account:

Due to the limited availabilities, starting on 10/3/22 through 12/31/22, CAPS will only accept individuals who have the previous ADHD diagnosis to initiate the ADHD screening testing. This will serve the purpose of prioritizing those individuals who are in need of establishing the continuity of care with CAPS Psychiatry.

NOTE:

  1. CAPS ADHD screening is not a diagnostic psychological assessment thus does not qualify for ADHD accommodations required by the DSS office. 
  2. CAPS ADHD screening only serves the function of the students intending to establish the care and treatment of the psychiatrist associated with the Indiana University Counseling and Psychological office.
  3. If you have already established the care with a psychiatrist outside the CAPS, please consult your psychiatrist regarding the non-CAPS referral resources for diagnostic psychological assessment.

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ADHD and other conditions that impair attention are treatable, and the staff at CAPS have the skills to help. ADHD screenings are offered by appointment only Monday through Friday. To determine whether you can benefit from ADHD screening service, the following conditions will be considered:

  1. For those individuals who have a previous ADHD diagnosis and are currently taking medication, please call the CAPS front desk (812-855-5711) to schedule your screening appointment to establish continuity of care. Supplemental materials* will be asked for and need to be received prior to scheduling your feedback session with our psychologist. (May range between 90 to 120 minutes)
  2. If you do not have a previous ADHD diagnosis, or if you have never been diagnosed with ADHD, as a first step, you will be asked to complete a series of measurements to determine whether you might benefit from the ADHD screening protocol. Please call the CAPS front desk (812-855-5711) to schedule your screening appointment.
  3. If it is determined that the ADHD screening protocol could be beneficial, you will be notified to collect additional supplemental information* to proceed in the process. Once all materials are received, CAPS will contact you to schedule a feedback session (which may range between 90 to 120 minutes) to go through the results thoroughly and to determine the next step.
  4. All ADHD screening encounters will require to be in person format.
  5. There is a $140 fee that convers the ADHD testing and scoring. Additional costs will be assessed for any additional appointments that may be required to complete your process.

*Supplemental information needed = all medical records (for a prior diagnosis), all school transcripts (grades from elementary, middle, and high school), and previous psychological testing report (if any)

Please see below resources section for information regarding other agencies in the Bloomington and Indianpolis areas that may offer ADHD testing.

For academic assistance please refer to these academic resources:

Please note: Indiana University does not endorse or recommend any particular provider. This is for informational purposes to provide you with some idea of what resources are available locally. Contacting/selecting providers is the responsibility of the student, as is any cost associated. We do encourage you to contact your insurance provider to determine what your benefits include.

  • Lindeman & Associates
    812-650-1234; 3901 E. Hagan St., Suite F
    3-5 hour time span over 1-2 visits
    Reports ready within 2-3 weeks after all info collected
  • Ragonese Psychological Services
    812-272-3398; 405 S. College Ave.
    Most major insurances accepted, including Medicaid & HIP
  • Spencer Psychology
    812-333-8474; 482 S. Landmark Avenue
    2-3 hours of interviewing + 1-2 hours of testing
    Reports typically ready in a week to 10 days following last appointment
    Cognitive and educational testing do not meet the “medical necessity” requirement for health insurance coverage.  All fees are out of pocket.
  • Betty Watson, Ph.D.
    812-334-3949; 3100 John Hinkle Pl.
    Learning disability and ADHD testing. Learning disability evaluations are an out of pocket expense, not covered by insurance, call for rates.
    Most major insurance companies accepted to cover ADHD evaluation.
  • Mark Herman, PhD, HSPP
    812-339-2224; 3925 E. Hagan St., Ste. 203
  • Woodview Psychology Group, LLC
    317-573-0154
    70 E 91st St., Ste. 210, Indianapolis, IN 46240
    Staffed by clinical psychologists.
  • Resolutions Psychological Services
    317-780-1610
    6335 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46227
    Staffed by clinical psychologists and LMHC.