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Frustrated

I’m finding it difficult and frustrating to try to get tested for ADD as an adult. Just wondering if other people have experienced the same frustration.

I have contacted many different places in the area I live and finally found one that accepts my insurance but they told me my insurance doesn’t cover testing so they wouldn’t let me make an appointment. However, when I called my insurance company they told me testing was covered. So I feel like I’m getting the run around.

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I don’t know where you live or what type of insurance coverage you have, but here’s a thought.

You may find it more helpful in the long run to ask your GP or whoever is your main doctor for a referral to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional for an “evaluation.” (If you tell your insurance company you’re in need of a mental health evaluation, they may refer you without the GP. )

Evaluation usually consists of a longer appointment (sometimes more than one) where you will be asked why you’re there, and you can share your concerns, experiences, symptoms… They will actually evaluate you for more than just ADHD. Doing a full, hopefully good, differential diagnosis is the best way to get the best help for you right now. This would, especially if you explain what you’re dealing with, include some basic “rule out”  testing for ADHD and other diagnoses.

When it’s over, you may have a diagnosis and suggestions for treatment or further testing and maybe even list providers too. A good professional evaluation to rule out any other causes and/or comorbid issues is usually a reasonable first step. Also you’re less likely to end up running into a bunch of people who don’t participate in your insurance etc.

Good luck - Ella

Posted by EllaMc on Apr 11, 2014 at 10:56am

Ask the doctor’s office to call the insurance company for authorization. That should clear it up.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 11, 2014 at 5:34pm

I’ve had the same problem as well.  It took me months to get diagnosed.  My suggestion is to write down a list of symptoms that you experience on a regular basis.  If you are seeing a therapist, try to make a request for school records. Depending on your age, your former school district may have it on file.  In the state of Illinois, the district destroys a student’s school records once they turn 26.  If it weren’t for my therapist via my grad school’s counseling center, I still would’ve been struggling.

I hope this helps.

Posted by BonesMcCoy on Apr 24, 2014 at 5:26am

After being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and being on anti-depressants/anxiety meds (with therapy) for two years, the diagnosis (and treatment) still didn’t feel quite right. A friend recommended a book to me, “Women with Attention Deficit Disorder: Embrace Your Differences and Transform Your Life,” and after reading it, it was like a light came on. I did some more research and scheduled an appointment with a doctor for a full “Psychological Evaluation.” Basically it was just an hour-long appointment with a psychiatrist and we went over my history and why I felt I had ADHD. My insurance covered it, I was diagnosed on the spot and had a prescription written out for a low dose of Adderall. It’s been two months now and I’ve visited her twice for new prescriptions (they really monitor the heck out of them), and I’m feeling so much better.
The one thing that I’d really recommend is doing as much research as you can beforehand. I’ve always had a hard time with testing (duh) and hate being put on the spot/interviewed (ADHD mental fogginess), but I brought notes and made sure I went through all the major symptoms and personal examples of each. It felt like overkill for sure, but I was so glad I was that prepped. Best of luck getting tested!

Posted by JessicaP on Apr 24, 2014 at 9:31pm

That’s a good idea to bring notes to the appt. I too have a lot of mental fogginess. Thanks for the suggestion!

Posted by becca2322 on Apr 26, 2014 at 4:36am

I’m not going to lie, I took a very roundabout way to get diagnosed and tested. I was having a horrible time finding a psychiatrist that could see new adult patients in a timely manner so I asked my coworkers that had ADHD for a recommendation.

Most of them recommended medical doctors and that’s how I ended up seeing and getting diagnosed by an MD instead of the psychiatrist I wanted to see. I was able to get an appointment with a psychiatrist like three weeks after the MD diagnosed me but I didn’t want to be accused of doctor shopping so I cancelled it.

So, if you’re working full-time and any of your coworkers have a doctor that will both diagnose and prescribe, just go see their physician. I started the conversation with, “I know I’m going to sound like a drug-seeker but I’m not. My mother and brother both have ADHD, I have -list of symptoms- and can’t get in to see a therapist until -date-. It’s become an issue because of -list of why it’s a problem now versus three months ago-.”

I did luck out because TX has a website that physicians, or any medical professional that can legally prescribe medications, can log into, put in my name, birthday and social and see a list of my current medications. That kind of helped the whole not-a-drug-seeker-thing

Posted by Joules on Apr 29, 2014 at 8:10pm

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