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 has the skills to help. Due to the requirement of cleaning computers and work stations after use, ADHD screenings will be at their maximum capacity each week during the Spring 2022 semester. ADHD screenings are offered by appointment only Monday to Friday. To determine whether you can be benefit from ADHD screening service, the following conditions will be taken into account:

  1. For those individuals who has previous ADHD diagnosis, please contact CAPS front desk (812-855-5711) for more information. CAPS may prioritize the ADHD screening service for those individuals who might be in need to establish the continuity of care.
  2. If you do not have any previous ADHD diagnosis, you will be asked to complete an ADHD Packet to determine whether you can benefit from the ADHD screening protocol as the first step.
  3. If it is determined that initiating the ADHD screening protocol is beneficial, a flat fee of $150 will be charged to initiate for the screening process which includes:
    • Computer testing for three to four self-report measurements.
    • 45-50 minute ADHD initial-appointment which includes an interview and review of the preliminary results.
    • If there is a requirement to submit additional information, there will be no extra charge for an additional ADHD final evaluation appointment.
    • Call 812-855-5711 to schedule an appointment.

Note: ADHD testing will be suspended for students who are not able to travel to campus over the summer for in-person testing.

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
    70 E 91st St., Ste. 210, Indianapolis, IN 46240
    Staffed by clinical psychologists.
  • Resolutions Psychological Services
    6335 S. East St., Indianapolis, IN 46227
    Staffed by clinical psychologists and LMHC.