For those who were diagnosed as an adult can you provide some insight into how you were able to obtain a diagnosis. I went to my primary care dr who referred me to another dr who specialized in mental health. He asked me about 5 questions before telling me I should see a neuropsychologist for an official assessment. The referral he gave me is super pricey and apparently isn’t covered by insurance. Is that normal?

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I just went to my primary care physcian and talked to her. I explained all of my symptoms and how I had been feeling and she diagnosed me right then and there. It was not hard at all and i have been on meds ever since.

I went to my primary care and had an assessment done and then was diagnosed. It was a farily easy process to be honest. I take adderall now and it really seems to help me.

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Usually psychiatrists diagnose it in adults from my experience.

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Yup, you should have been referred to a psychiatrist instead.

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I also went to my primary care provider first, but they didn’t refer me to any specific office, since my insurance doesn’t require referrals. I would see if you’re required to have a referral, because if not, you should be able to find a place in-network.

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My PCP tried meds with me (Wellbutrin then generic Adderall) and then referred me to psychiatrist that was pretty wishy-washy with my diagnosis. Eventually dropped her because she gaslit me about my condition and said I had "time management issue". Yes and...?

I found a psychiatric nurse practitioner (for a second opinion) who diagnosed me in an hour with Combined presentation with generalized anxiety disorder. He actually listened to me.

I went to find a different PNP and love my current provider! As someone from a family of nurses, nurses are awesome!

You don't have to go get super complicated testing to get diagnosed. Yes, if someone is questioning your diagnosis. But no initially as long as you aren't lying.

My current PNP is cheaper than going to an MD for med management and she's culturally competent as well!

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I was referred to a psychiatrist who diagnosed me and that should be covered by your insurance.

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I think psychiatrists are teh pathway really. primary care providers don't know enough, and they are very quick to write it off from what I've seen and it takes a much longer path

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My PCP diagnosed me. I also live in the middle of no where and specialists are a 2hr+ drive so I feel like PCP’s here cover more ground because of it.

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I paid $200 out of pocket but it was worth it to discover that I am a visual learner and that I do not retain verbal instruction very well. When people talk to me it like the adults in the Peanuts cartoon. The medication has helped me to accomplish more tasks in a timely manner and I am cognizant concerning habits that lead to pitfalls. The hearing and visual tests were quite eye-opening.

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My therapist is part of the medical practice and it is provided to provide comprehensive services.

I had been meeting with a counselor and we had discussed the strong possibility that I have ADD. She had a paper assessment for me which I completed.

She reviewed it right then and there and said she wanted to give me a copy to my doctor because it was her professional opinion I have ADD

I made an appointment with my GP and gave them a copy of her assessment and her contact info. My GP performed a very similar paper assessment and had the same conclusion: a clinical diagnosis of ADD

We then talked about treatment options and we tried using non stimulant based medicine first for a while but that proved ineffective.

After about 2 months, I was switched to Adderal XR.

I continue to have occasional follow ups with my GP to monitor my symptoms and the efficacy of the Adderal

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10 hours seems like a long time to me. My paper assessment took about 10 minutes to fill out and 3 minutes for the Dr to look over my answers and come to a conclusion.

It didn't cost me anything more than the counseling appt (which I was already going to anyway) and my Dr's office fees of maybe $120

I diagnosed myself. I have been suspecting this ever since I heard of this term. In the beginning, I thought it's my personality that I couldn't focus, always did things at the last minute, and with a "scattered brain" like my mom always said. A few months ago, I saw this video on YouTube interviewing Dr Thomas Brown of Yale, then I was 100% certain I have ADHD. I was also very depressed because I have been looking for a job without luck. I tried looking for psychiatrists but over the phone, they all made me feel like they were thieves. Then I found a mental health clinic that my PCP belonged to. I spend an hour with a counselor and a nurse once a month. It's much more affordable and I think they are quite good.

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I saw a clinical psychologist who was able to diagnose - took a series of assessments over weekly sessions for a month. He couldn’t do things like write accommodations or prescriptions, but I took the diagnosis back to my PCP and she 1. was able to handle medications and such, and 2. was pleasantly surprised at the detailed assessments he went into and now she refers out to him because he had a shorter waitlist and could bill insurance.

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I was diagnosed by neurologist first , then a physiatrist!

Some of them weren’t covered by Insurance, ask HR for a list of Dr that your your insurance coveres

I went to a psychiatrist who specialized in adult ADHD. They were out of my insurance network, but it was obviously worth it.

After calling around to several clinics I finally talked to a receptionist who was wildly helpful. She said that a diagnosis can be made by both an assessment or through regular psychiatrist visits. She said the assessment my dr referred me to takes 2-4 months and costs about $5000.

I got a quote when I was still in denial about my ADHD for about $3k and it was not covered by insurance.

Outrageous amount when I think about it. And then I had to arrange the appointments myself. They really expected me to remember to do that and pay that amount as well?

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There are many ways to get a referral, sometimes it can be for medical purposes (ie, not taking a med that would interact with other potential meds or issues, as an example). You might want to check to see if there may be a medical reason to pursue. ADHD meds may contribute to anxiety, and may need different treatments.

It’s about the reasoning for the testing that matters. A different code could encourage insurance to pay.

I've had neuropsychological evals twice, as referred by a psychiatrist and my PCP, and was told "you're just depressed." I just started seeing a psychologist who has specialized in ADHD for 30 years. After filling out 28 pages of self-administered screening questions and then discussing each question with the specialist over 3 one hour sessions, he concluded that I "without a doubt" have it, but now my current psychiatrist, who said that she wasn't comfortable diagnosing me but thinks I have it, is unwilling to prescribe meds because the specialist didn't perform any objective testing. I do know several other people who were diagnosed as adults and were just diagnosed by their psychiatrist - I think it's a matter of finding one who is willing to work with you.

Was referred to a mental health doc and then he asked me questions and prescribed me meds. Unfortunately it's very difficult to actually know if ADHD is really present in adults because we've learned to mask symptoms and have developed coping mechanisms

Dr started me on Wellbutrin and generic adderall 20 mg per day. How long before I notice a difference in my ADHD?

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