Psychological Disorders

Psychological Disorders

As defined in the DSM 5 Psychological Disorders “are heterogeneous, and the severity of symptoms can predict important aspects of the illness, such as the degree of cognitive or neurobiological.” Complete descriptions and diagnostic criteria for psychological disorders are available in the current version of the DSM or ICD. Many different psychological disorders can interfere with cognitive, emotional, and social functioning and may negatively impact a student’s ability to function in an academic environment. Some individuals experience significant disruptions in mood, thinking, and behavioral regulation that are secondary to a psychological disorder. The symptoms and associated impairment may be either chronic or episodic. Notably, test anxiety by itself is not considered a psychological disorder.

Specific documentation guidelines for psychological disorders include the following:

  • All general documentation guidelines listed in the ‘Guidelines for Disability Documentation’ tab on the left-hand side.
  • Documentation should reflect data collected within the past year at the time of request for services; however, more recent documentation may be required by a disability service provider on a case-by-case basis.
  • A diagnosis consistent with the most recent DSM/ICD.
  • Description of the;
    • History, current symptoms, and severity of the disorder
    • Current functional limitations impacting academic performance resulting from the disorder
  • Additional descriptions of
    • (1) the expected progression, duration, and stability of the condition and
    • (2) relevant side effects of medications are strongly encouraged

* A history of accommodations does not in itself warrant the provision of similar accommodations at UNA. The final determination of appropriate and reasonable accommodations rests with the decision of the university.

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