Who diagnoses add anyways?
August 26, 2012 6:18 PM Subscribe
I don't have a primary care doctor, who should I see about referrals for ADD/ADHD evaluation?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm not sure it's something I'd like to pursue, but I'd like to at least figure out how much evaluation would cost to me. I don't really have a primary care doc (I go to college, I hate going to the doctor so I haven't gone to one regularly and the last few I went to are all at home across the country).
There are nurse practitioners available for free appointments at school, as well as short-term counseling services, neither of which seem exactly right.
I saw a psychologist all summer (~3 months) for related issues, we talked about strategies for work but never about diagnoses. He, too, is across the country. I feel like he is the right person to talk to, but he's less accessible if I can't make an appointment (and I don't want to pay for his time if I don't know exactly what I want to ask him).
When I've talked to the behavioral department for my insurance before, they've actually been pretty nice - would it be crazy to call them?
I've heard past accounts on metafilter, but if you have any experience with this process I'd be happy to hear it. I'm terrified that I'll seem like a drug seeker, especially at a school with very high study drug abuse rates, but I'm not really looking for medication explicitly (unless a doc familiar with my situation thinks it would help me, then yeah I'd like to do whatever they recommend). I've had really acute issues with difficulty doing my work, but I'm only slightly less scared of doctors than I am of facing another year like the last few.
Keeping costs low is a concern, but I'm $100 away from my deductible right now (thx therapy) so if it's likely to be covered by my generally okay insurance than that's fine.
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