Hello, I believe I may have ADHD. It’s very hard for me to focus on doing school work. I easily get distracted and procrastinate. I want to try Adderall, but I do not have a current physician. Are there any methods, tools and resources that can help? I do not want to consistently drink coffee. I do want to be successful in school, and not be embarrassed and ashamed that I am not doing my school work.
Hi there! There is actually a long list of symptoms of ADHD, and not all of them are focus related. Some symptoms include inability to follow directions, consistent interruption, impatience, inability to work on only one thing at once, and excessive daydreaming. Aside from medication management, there are ways to help keep ADHD symptoms at bay. One thing that you can do is to organize all of your things and make yourself a schedule. Studies show that it is much easier for people with ADHD to stay focused when they have a specific schedule, especially if that schedule allows for switching between subjects and topics fairly often.
As far as medication goes, there are a wide range of medications that can be considered; however, these drugs have a high rate for misuse among college students. As a result, it is NAU policy to receive documentation from a previous provider of diagnosis and treatment, or an appointment with an ADHD testing psychologist in town. The best route would be to schedule an appointment with Counseling Services here at NAU. The first session is free, and their staff can help you determine the most appropriate treatment. If they feel testing is warranted, they will provide you with the appropriate community resources. You can schedule an appointment by calling (928) 523-2261.
Best of luck!
-The Health Nuts