How long is my ADD testing good for?

We talk a lot about ADD here at BuckMD.  We’ve talked about whether you can get treated for it here at the student health center (yes), whether it’s OK to share your medicine with your friends (no), and even if there are useful things to do for it besides taking pills (yes).

But we recently received a very good question about ADD that we haven’t covered yet so I think it’s time for a little update.  “Buckeye Mom” asks:

How recently does the ADD testing need to have been done?  We have documentation, but it was completed 8-9 years ago.  Will that be sufficient?

The best thing to do is bring whatever records or documentation you have with you to your first appointment at the Student Health Center and we’ll figure it out.

We know that a lot of students are diagnosed with ADD when they’re pretty young, so in general we don’t worry as much about the age of the testing as much as we do it’s validity and thoroughness.  What that means is if you went through the whole nine yards of neuropsychological testing when you were a kid and you’ve had a history of consistent and appropriate medication management by your doctor at home, that is USUALLY sufficient for us to be able to presrcibe medication for you while you’re at school.

On the other hand, if you’re “testing” consists only of notes from your family doctor saying you have symptoms of ADD and/or a list of previous prescriptions and/or a survey filled out by your 3rd grade teacher, we will require you to undergo a diagnostic evaluation prior to writing any prescriptions for you.  We discuss the testing in a little more detail here

Basically, we look at everyone’s situation individually, so if you want us to manage you’re ADD medications for you while you’re in school, round up whatever records you can get your hands on and bring them in.  We’ll do whatever it takes to get you the best possible care.

John A. Vaughn, MD
Student Health Services
The Ohio State University