Psychiatric Disorders

Documentation Guidelines

All reports should be current and typed on letterhead, dated, and signed.

Examples of Psychiatric Disorders include: Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, etc.

The following should be included in the report:

  1. Student information including name, date of most recent evaluation
  2. Evaluator name, title, and credentials
  3. History to Support Diagnosis
    1. Description of the duration and severity of the disorder
    2. Relevant medical, familial, and social histories
  4. Evidence of current impairment
    1. Description of how disability currently impacts the student in social, academic, or occupational settings
    2. Description of how the disability will limit the student in the classroom
  5. Assessment Information
    Results and interpretation of specific evaluation data to support diagnosis
  6. Treatment and Medication
    1. Description of any current medication, therapy, or other treatment being implemented
    2. Description of the impact medication may have on student’s ability to perform in an academic environment
  7. Diagnosis
    Clear statement of diagnosis including the DSM-5 or ICD-9 diagnostic code
  8. Recommended Accommodations
    Include specific recommendations for academic accommodations and the rationale for the accommodations

Please return the report or address questions regarding documentation to:
Disability Support Services
University of Alabama at Birmingham
9th Ave Office Building, Suite 100
1720 2nd Ave S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1413
Phone (205) 934-4205
Fax (205) 934-8170