ADHD Treatment

Note: Due to the impact of COVID and uncertainties related to governmental policies, restrictions, and legislation, we will not be accepting any new or transferred patients that require the prescription of stimulant medications. Stimulant medications include but are not limited to Adderall, Adderall XR, Ritalin, Concerta and Focalin. If you are already receiving stimulant medications, we encourage you to try to continue to work with your current provider. If you are hoping to consider starting a stimulant, we will try to assist you in finding a provider outside of Habif that accepts your insurance.

For students wishing to receive medical treatment of ADHD at MHS

Start by submitting your ADHD medical documentation to MHS. This must be done before an ADHD appointment can be scheduled. Documentation should include a comprehensive psychological assessment (handwritten notes are not acceptable).

While MHS does not provide the full neuropsychological testing needed for a diagnosis of ADHD, we can provide contact information of local area providers that provide this service. Call 314-935-6695 for assistance.

ADHD Documentation Requirements

To receive ADHD care at Washington University, you must have the following documentation on file.

EITHER full neuropsychological testing supporting the diagnosis (required to be considered for disability accommodations) OR a comprehensive evaluation reporting the following, where appropriate (please note that progress notes alone are not sufficient):

  • History of onset of the diagnosis
  • Copies of methodologies used to determine the diagnosis, such as limited psychological testing, observer information from parents/adults documenting past and current symptoms in two or more settings (e.g., TOVA, Conners checklist, Vanderbilt checklist)
  • Assessment of possible comorbid diagnoses including learning disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and substance abuse disorders
  • Diagnostic statement
  • If medications have been prescribed, a record of this must also be provided
  • Description of the current functional limitations of the disabling condition as they relate to the major life activity impacted by the diagnosis
  • Suggested accommodations (if requested)

Assessing Attention Deficit Disorder

The diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is not necessarily an easy process. The symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder co-occur and overlap with many other problems such as depression, anxiety, sleep disorders and general stress. Habif follows a comprehensive diagnostic approach to the assessment and treatment of students with ADD/ADHD. One step in the appropriate assessment of ADD includes the review of symptoms that you are experiencing now as well as what you have experienced in the past.

Because stimulant medication is one of the most often abused medications on college campuses, Habif psychiatrists will not write prescriptions without a definitive diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. In many cases, a definitive diagnosis cannot be made without proper psychological testing.

For students who have been previously diagnosed and treated for ADD/ADHD, your medical records including past psychological testing will be reviewed by a psychiatrist prior to your appointment time. Before an evaluation can be scheduled, Habif must receive your records. It is the student’s responsibility to bring these records to Habif or verify that the records have been received.

For students who have never been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, Habif psychiatrists require that comprehensive psychological testing be completed prior to the initial evaluation appointment. A copy of the testing results from┬áthe evaluating psychologist must be received before an initial evaluation can be scheduled with a Habif psychiatrist. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that these records have been received by SHS.

In order to maintain the availability of quality psychiatric services for students with immediate mental health needs/crises, Habif does not provide testing services for the diagnosis of ADD/ADHD. For further referral information to testing services in the St. Louis community, please call 314-935-6695.

In the interest of best serving students during periods of peak demand, students wishing to be evaluated for Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) may only schedule assessments until November 1 for the fall semester and April 1 for the spring semester. Please note that available appointment slots may fill up several weeks in advance of these deadlines.

Please contact Mental Health Services at 314-935-6695 if you have any further questions.