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The Student Counseling Center provides limited psychiatric services to students who are assessed by their SCC counselor to be in need of a psychiatric evaluation. If you are seeking psychiatric services, you must first schedule an initial evaluation with a counselor. If your counselor determines that the SCC is an appropriate setting for your treatment and you are eligible for psychiatric services, a referral will be made to one of our psychiatrists (wait time can vary from one to three weeks). The psychiatrist will meet with you to evaluate your need for medication. Once medication is prescribed, you will continue to meet with the doctor until symptoms are stable and medication refills are routine (usually in three to six months). At that point, your care will be transferred to Student Health or to another provider for ongoing medication management. Your SCC counselor will assist you with the transfer of both counseling and medication care at that time.
ADHD Treatment and Counseling Requirement
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric diagnosis based on criteria defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). This diagnosis is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects one’s abilities in attention and hyperactivity/impulsiveness. To be eligible for stimulant medication (Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, Ritalin, Dexedrine, Metadate, or generic varieties), students must provide documentation of a psychological evaluation for ADHD. This evaluation must meet the criteria outlined in the ADHD Documentation Guidelines document.
Students who receive medication management services from the SCC must participate in counseling with an SCC counselor or outside therapist. If you receive counseling from an outside therapist, your SCC psychiatrist will ask you to sign a release of information for your psychiatrist to communicate with your therapist.
Responsible Use of Medication
Once prescribed, it is important that you take your medication regularly to get maximum benefit. Missed doses or failure to comply with prescription directions can lead to relapse of symptoms and/or discontinuation of side effects. If you have concerns about your medication, please consult your doctor before stopping the medication on your own. It also is important to monitor your supply of medication. Be sure to schedule a refill visit with your psychiatrist at least one week in advance of using your last dose. If you run out of your medication, you may not be able to get a refill for several days. The covering doctor will give you a bridge prescription with enough pills to last until you can be seen by your treating psychiatrist.
Use of Alcohol and Recreational Drugs
Use of alcohol or recreational drugs will interfere with the therapeutic benefit of your medication and, in some cases, can cause worsening of symptoms and/or dangerous interactions. Please speak to your doctor about any substances you are using in advance of getting a prescription. If your use of substances is regular and habitual without the ability to reduce or stop use, your doctor may choose to decline medication prescriptions until you are able to avoid substance use. The Student Counseling Center can help refer you to substance use treatment centers to support sobriety.