Learning Difficulties

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The information below comes from the NC State University Disability Services Office (DSO) website:

“Commonly referred to as ADD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is largely considered a developmental disorder that affects 3-5% of the population. Scientific evidence suggests that chemical imbalances or deficiencies in certain neurotransmitters certain neurotransmitters (chemicals that regulate the efficiency with which the brain transmits information) cause the disorder. Although it is most prevalent in children, ADHD can and does continue through the adult years. Both adults and children with ADHD experience the same symptoms. They are often restless, easily distracted, stress intolerant, impulsive, and impatient. Students with ADHD might function better at certain times of the day. They might also struggle to follow several directions at once. They may benefit from the structure that organizers, lists, and schedules provide. The NC State University Disability Services Office (DSO) offers a variety of services for students with ADHD including extended time on testsindividual testing roomsnote-takers, and priority registration.”

Screening for Learning Disabilities and ADHD

A learning disability (LD) is a disorder that affects your ability either to interpret what you see and hear or to link information inputs from different parts of the brain. These limitations can show up in many ways. You may have difficulties with spoken and written language, coordination, self control, or attention. Such difficulties extend to schoolwork and can impede learning to read, write, or do math.

Many students first notice their learning disabilities in college. Your natural abilities may have allowed you to compensate for your learning disability prior to college. Coping strategies that worked in high school may not work in the college environment of large class sizes and fast paced lectures. If you are concerned that you may be experiencing a learning disability or attention deficit disorder (ADHD), please contact the Counseling Center at 919.515.2423 and schedule a screening. Although it is not a diagnosis a free online screening can help you determine whether a full evaluation would help you. The Counseling Center does not diagnose ADHD, but can refer you to a health care provider who diagnoses learning disabilities.

Strategies for LD / ADHD Learners

Addresources.org provides resources and strategies. We also provide specialized ADD/ADHD coaching at the Counseling Center. To make an appointment, come to the center.