Question for Betty.

Ever since I was a kid I have had issues with paying attention, zoning out, procrastinating, and unable to concentrate on things I don't find interesting.  I'm nearly 23 and I've really begun to realize these things are affecting my life.  I try to do homework and I end up staring, unable to think or do anything.  I fall behind in every single one of my classes, because I just can't get myself to do the work.  I took this ADHD test and scored a 96 on it.  I have to be moving even when I'm sitting.  Like right now I can't stop bouncing my leg.  I'm worried that this is going to destroy my chance of doing well in college.  What should I do and how can I fix this?

Betty's Answer.

Congratulations on knowing yourself well, and seeking help in succeeding in college.  According to UPTODATE, 1 to 7 % of adults experience attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.  30 to 70% of children with ADHD continue to have symptoms in adulthood.  Adult ADHD symptoms include poor concentration, distractability, elevated motor activity, and impulsivity disrupting at least two areas of daily life (e.g., school, family, peer relationships).  If you are a UAA student taking 6 or more credits, you may contact the Student Health & Counseling Center for a ADHD evaluation.  Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners will do an assessment and then provide behavioral and cognitive strategies and pharmacotherapy if appropriate.