... it? I have all the symptoms of ADHD my insurance doesnt cover psychologist... what do I tell him?
Hey, doctalk, I just ran into this same situation this week. My Suboxone doc was also prescribing Adderall, but he's $250 a visit. I am unable to see him this month so he won't let me pick up my adderall. I saw my regular MD today & he said what your doctor told you. In order to prescribe amphetamines a docotr needs to have a diagnosis of ADHD/ADD on file first. He/she cannot just write a script without actual proof of this diagnosis.
It seems my Suboxone doctor never requested my file when I transferred from another state. He just took my word that I have ADD.
Now, you don't neccessarily have to see a psychiatrist to get a diagonsis. There are MD's who have enough knowledge of ADD to do the diagnostic inquiry-consisting of a thorough background history coupled with a questionaire that's used as a tool for ADD/ADHD dianostics. This was explained to me when making an appointment with a doctor well-versed in treating ADD/ADHD I have for next week.
So, I will have been out of Adderall for 14 days by then &after 7 days I already notice the backslide.
I would research your area for a qualified provider to get you set up with a diagnosis.
And before you take an amphetamine I would try the non-stimulant meds first. They can work well without the extra side effect risk & dependency issues. I endured 5 days of troubled sleep, restlessness & still not over the mild depression.
First of all, A PSYCHOLOGIST does not prescribe medications. You need to see a PSYCHIATRIST for that.
A Psychologist is a "talk-doctor", he/she can administer tests and provide therapy. He/she is usually less expensive than a Psychiatrist and your appointments are usually a 50 min hour.
A Psychiatrist is able to prescribe medications and do procedures. This doc schedules appts for anywhere between 5 to 30 mins not counting your first appt which may be an hour long. After this first appt, subsequent appts with a Psychiatrist will be shorter and less often for purposes of medication management.
Even less expensive, talk therapy can be provided by a Therapist. Rarely will a Psychiatrist provide medications w/o being in counseling.
Your first appointment will involve and "intake" where the physician will ask many questions to better understand and evaluate your "condition".
An intake can be done by any of the three and the process is usually determined by the clinic where you are seen. ask when you call.
Check with your county mental health dept., often you can get mental health services based on your income, But get started ASAP because the process may take months.
I tell you there are so many laws and with your history unless he has verification he may not do it, but explain to him that your Insurance won't cover the psychiatrist, surely he will come up withsomeone that will see you just to diagnose the situation and then he could do the prescribing if need be let him talk with the Insurance company I am sure that doctors have to get involved with insurance companies in order to get the patients needs met please let us know how things are going another thought the social worker at the local mental health center perhaps she would be able to point both you and the doctor in the right place
you need a psychiatrist to prescribe a stimulant. Does your insurance cover any mental illness, have you called to verify? You might have to go with a dc they pick out for you so you're covered. I had an ADHD dx after my 7 year old son was dx in August. They made me fill out an extensive questionaire, they didn't just take my word for it. The generic Ritalin really helps me. I hope you can get around your insurance to finding a psychiatrist that will help you. You need to have a serious conversation before he'll just prescribe. That's what happened to me anyway, good luck and keep us posted.
Hi doctalk. Your doctor needs to step up and do a little advocating for you. First find out exactly what, if any, psychological services are covered with your insurance company. I believe MOST have to have some type of coverage for this. Then ask your doctor if whatever services they DO cover, counseling, psychiatrist, out-patient group therapy, etc if that would be sufficient to allow HIM to prescribe the meds. He works for YOU. His office people should know what your insurance will cover in this department. He really needs to customize your treatment based on what your insurance will or will not cover. You could also try your local county mental health services and find out about free consultations and diagnosis IF your insurance doesn't cover ANY of the services. They are also VERY good at pushing insurance companies to cover some services even if you were told they would not. Keep on fighting this. Good luck on getting an official diagnosis.
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