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Psychiatric and psychological disabilities include but are not limited to: Depressive Disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorders, and Dissociative Disorders.  A diagnosis by a licensed mental health professional (psychologist, psychiatrist, or a neurologist) is required and must include the diagnostician’s license number.

Documentation must include:

A clear statement of the disability, including the DSM-IV diagnosis and a summary of present symptoms.  This diagnosis should be based upon a comprehensive clinical interview including psychological testing (when such testing is clinically appropriate).

A summary of assessment procedures and evaluation instruments used to make the diagnosis and a summary of evaluation results, including standardized or percentile scores.

Medical information relating to the student’s needs to include the impact of medication, if applicable, on the student’s ability to meet the demands of postsecondary education.

Information supporting substantial interference with one or more major life functions to determine eligibility for meeting criteria for a disability.  The major life function(s) being affected must be stated in the documentation.

Suggestions of reasonable accommodations that might be appropriate at the postsecondary level.  These recommendations must be supported by the diagnosis.

Click here for the  Psychiatric/Psychological Documentation Guidelines Form.

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