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What are ADHD and ADD?

They are conditions with characteristics of inattention, impulsivity and, in the case of ADHD, hyperactivity.


Symptoms appear early in life, and different symptoms may appear in different settings. Individuals may show a wide variety of behaviors, but professionals recognize three subtypes of ADHD:

  • Predominantly hyperactive-impulse type
  • Predominantly inattentive type
  • Combined type


Individuals must receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis by a well-qualified professional. UHS clinicians cannot provide this service. 

How can I get a prescription for ADHD or ADD medications at UHS?

UHS clinicians do not diagnose ADHD or ADD and they do not initiate treatment. They can take over management of ADHD/ADD that has already been diagnosed. 

To obtain a prescription at UHS, you must visit a UHS physician and bring both of the following to the first visit:

  • Documentation of diagnosis (including testing if available) of ADHD or ADD
  • Documentation of current management plans for ADHD or ADD

To visit UHS, Schedule an Appointment -- most medical services require an appointment, although options are available for urgent concerns. 

How can I get testing and/or documentation on campus?

How can I request academic accommodations for ADD or ADHD?

Contact the U-M Office of Services for Students with Disabilities for assistance.

For more information:

U-M Counseling and Psychological Services is students' primary campus resource for mental health services.

U-M University Health Service provides medication management of common mental health concerns. 734-764-8320

Find Quiet Places to Study at U-M

CampusMindWorks  supports U-M students who have been diagnosed with an ongoing mental health disorder. This site provides information and resources to help students manage their minds and get the most out of their college experience.

Resources for Stress and Mental Health lists additional campus, local and national resources.

Virginia Tech offers information for college students about coping with ADD/ADHD.

WebMD provides information on ADD/ADHD in adults