ADD/ADHD

If you have been receiving treatment for an established diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and have been taking medication on a regular basis prior to coming to UWF you will need to schedule an appointment for a psychiatric evaluation if you wish to obtain treatment from UWF Psychiatric Services.


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Your initial evaluation may be with the Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) who will facilitate obtaining all needed information prior to you seeing the psychiatrist. This information includes documentation from previous providers that demonstrates your diagnosis and prescription history, blood work, urine drug screen (UDS), and EKG.

The cost of the blood work, UDS, and EKG are the student's responsibility. These costs may be covered by your health insurance. If you have no health insurance, the laboratory work can be obtained through UWF Student Health Services (SHS) at a cost of approximately $70. EKGs are not performed by SHS and must be obtained at other health care facilities in the community. A “normal” EKG less than 12 months old from your previous provider will be accepted by the psychiatrist. Please see the SHS website for more information on other health care facilities in the area.


Please bring all of your prescription medication bottles with you to your initial appointment. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have enough medications to last until your appointment with the psychiatrist, which can take up to three to four weeks depending on appointment availability.

In the State of Florida, only licensed MD’s are allowed to prescribe controlled substances. Stimulant medications are governed by federal and state laws and regulations. No stimulant medication will be prescribed prior to you seeing the treating psychiatrist. It is important that you understand that it is up to the sole discretion of the treating psychiatrist at UWF as to whether controlled substances are indicated for your care.

If you have a confirmed diagnosis of ADD/ADHD and want special accommodations while a student at UWF, please refer to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) website for their requirements.

If you think you have ADD/ADHD and wish to be evaluated for stimulant medication, you will need to complete psychological testing to confirm the diagnosis prior to scheduling a psychiatric evaluation. We do not offer testing on campus but there are many local psychologists in the area who will be glad to assist you. Please contact Counseling & Psychological Services at (850) 474-2420 for more information. 

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