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General Information about ADHD Treatment at CAPS

CAPS promotes individualized, comprehensive treatment of ADHD. While medication treatment can provide some benefits, it may not be recommended for all students with an ADHD diagnosis as active engagement in psychotherapy is the basic standard for CAPS Psychiatric care. Psychological treatment to improve coping, stress management, and organizational skills is an important part of treatment that can provide long term benefits for those with ADHD and also can help to address symptoms that may not respond to medication treatment. For this reason, recommended treatment may include medication, individual therapy, ADHD coaching, group therapy, or a combination of these modalities depending upon symptom severity and individual areas of functional difficulty. If care at CAPS is established, your provider(s) will work with you to determine an individualized treatment plan.

There are several options for medication treatment for ADHD. CAPS' psychiatric providers may begin with non-stimulant options, as these medications do not have the risks associated with stimulants. In many instances, stimulants may not be considered for first line intervention for ADHD. IF a student has an existing prescription for stimulant medication, the CAPS psychiatric provider may not continue that existing prescription. The CAPS psychiatric provider will make treatment recommendations based on their individual assessment of each patient. If stimulant medication is included as part of your treatment plan, you will be asked to undergo a urine drug screen at least annually and to sign a Stimulant Medication Contract at the beginning of treatment. This policy is designed to promote student safety, since stimulant medications are controlled substances with a risk of abuse and dependence and can have serious adverse effects if combined with substances of abuse. Please call our office at 765-494-6995 if you have any questions about the above. We look forward to working with you.

Diagnosed after testing by a psychologist:

If you have previously been diagnosed with and treated for ADHD with medication and wish to transfer medication management to CAPS psychiatric staff:

  • In order to provide comprehensive, evidence-based treatment of this condition, CAPS requires that psychological testing has been completed to establish the ADHD diagnosis. Psychological testing will be evaluated on an individual basis. The testing must be within the past 3 years and done with adult parameters to be considered valid. Students who wish to transfer medication management to CAPS psychiatric staff from an outside provider should bring a copy of their psychological testing report and any other supporting documentation (such as treatment records) to the CAPS front desk on the second floor of the Student Health Center (PUSH) Room 224 or 228. If documentation is faxed directly to CAPS by your current provider, please include a completed and signed Release of Information, with current contact information and reasons noted for care services to be transferred. Documentation review must occur prior to scheduling any psychiatric appointments at CAPS.
  • If, after review, documentation is determined to be adequate, you will be contacted so that you may schedule an appointment for assessment of current treatment and/or referral needs.
  • If, after review, it is determined that the current documentation is insufficient to establish a diagnosis of ADHD for the purpose of establishing care at CAPS, you will be contacted to discuss additional options for further evaluation and treatment. These options may include:
    • Pursuing psychological testing in Lafayette/West Lafayette. Students who wish to pursue this option will be provided a list of referrals.
    • Contacting your previous provider regarding providing additional documentation.
    • Continuing treatment with your current provider.
    • Pursuing medication treatment through a local community provider.
  • Please note that summary letters, empty pill bottles, an ADHD diagnosis established with a checklist, or previous prescriptions are not considered adequate documentation for the purposes of establishing care.

Diagnosed without testing by a psychologist:

If you were diagnosed with ADHD by a provider without psychological testing, you have several options:

  • Pursuing psychological testing. CAPS is glad to provide you a list of referrals.
  • Continuing treatment with your current provider.
  • Pursuing medication treatment through a local community provider.

No ADHD diagnosis:

If you have not previously been diagnosed with ADHD but would like to be evaluated for this condition CAPS will provide a testing screening appointment with one of our clinicians. The goal and purpose of this appointment is to determine whether referral for a psychological testing battery is necessary to definitively establish a diagnosis of ADHD. If a testing battery is needed, community referrals will be provided.

It is not uncommon for mood difficulties to co-exist with symptoms of ADHD. Testing will help determine if this is the case for you. Wen this occurs, it is important to address the mood difficulties prior to ADHD medication. 

Please note that CAPS requires that psychological testing has been completed to establish the ADHD diagnosis before medication treatment can be initiated.