I Think I Have ADHD. What Will My Insurance Cover? What Should I Expect to Pay for the Initial Visit?

Question by rezrez12: I think I have ADHD. What will my insurance cover? What should I expect to pay for the initial visit?
My insurance covers Mental Health Visits and Pays $ 25 up to 25 times per year. I read somewhere that ADHD does not fall under mental health and is a mental illness. How does that get billed to the insurance company? I just don’t want to get a huge unexpected bill? I have Blue cross and live in CA.

I meant medical illness, not mental illness. Thanks!

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Answer by Irish Girl
You are correct about paying for adults with ADHD. We just went through this with me husband be treated for adult ADHD.
The psychiatrist gave it another diagnoses like anxiety disorder and the insurance has been pay for it every since. The psychiatrist told us up front at the visit that he was going to do this because Adult ADHD is not usually covered.

Answer by Jerry
I don’t recommend any of the powerful, and addictive central nervous system stimulants that are often prescribed to treat it. An increased incidence of abuse of cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth, and other amphetamines has been reported among users of Ritalin, and other amphetamine related medications, which may well predispose them to later abuse street drugs, with all the adverse consequence it entails. The only ADHD medication not in the stimulant family is Strattera, which is structurally related to the antidepressants, and carries risks, and side effects of its own. None of them are cheap, either, even if generics are available. Take at least 4 Omega 3 fish oil supplements, daily: (certified free of mercury) it is best if consumed with an antioxidant, such as an orange, or its FRESHLY SQUEEZED juice. If vitamin E is added, it should be certified as being 100% from natural sources, or it may be synthetic: avoid it.

Eat more in accordance with your “nutritional type”:- ( 20 question quiz http://www.naturalhealthcoach.com/tools ) or a book is at http://www.mercola.com/ and also enter “krill oil”, & “ADHD” in their searchbar. Eliminate, or minimise sugar use, replacing with xylitol, or stevia (health food stores). Avoid artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives, & MSG. Minimise highly processed grains, & alcohol use. Read: “The A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. Diet! A Comprehensive Look at Contributing Factors and Natural Treatments for Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity” by Rachel Bell, and “Ritalin Is Not The Answer: A Drug-Free, Practical Program for Children Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD” by David B. Stein. You could try your bookstore, www.amazon.com , (also enter in their searchbar: “ADHD; natural treatments”).
For “HOW TO BEAT HYPERACTIVITY WITHOUT DRUGS Reversing ADD and ADHD in 20 days” Michael Sichel & Greta Sichel. 2001. Bookbound Publishing. ISBN 1 74011 010 2 go directly to: www.bookbound.com.au

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