Your insurance may require a prior authorization to cover your ADHD medication. Other help covering prescription costs might be available if your insurance won’t pay for your meds.
Antidepressants in the category of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are useful medications in the treatment of depression. They are often chosen because of their effectiveness in treating the symptoms of depression, and because of their relatively low side effect risk.
When you are considering where to seek treatment for your symptoms of adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you might be wondering what type of provider you should see. Is it best to see your primary care provider, also called PCP? Or would it be better to see a provider who specializes in treating ADHD?
Whether I’m seeing patients from Denver, Las Vegas, Reno, or another area of the US, people always want the most effective treatment for their adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. So, when people come to our practice and are diagnosed with ADHD, they might ask, “Should I choose medication or therapy for my adult ADHD?”
If you’ve never taken stimulants for ADHD symptoms before, you might be curious about the effects they can have on you...
What are the risks of becoming dependent on medications used to treat ADHD, anxiety, and depression? Are there other substance use concerns if I don’t get treatment for my behavioral health condition?
I’m based in the southwest, so sometimes if I travel to a colder area, like Baltimore in the winter, and then back home, the climate change messes with my sinuses. I might get a cold or something worse. If it gets bad enough that I need to check in with my primary care provider, I don’t want to mess around. I want something that will help me feel better fast. I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another as it relates to our physical health.
Making the choice to seek treatment for symptoms of adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can be a scary thing. People who think they might have adult ADHD usually do a lot of questioning of family and friends and checking around online before they feel ready to ask a mental health provider for advice.
Patients with Adult ADHD are sometimes concerned about the dose of their stimulant medication and want to know what is considered to be the max dose for their medication.
Who hasn’t dreamed about a magic bullet that would help you do better on an exam? Especially if you have a really important test coming up, it’s normal to reach for any assistance that you can find.
Sometimes, however, you experience more than being mad “at times.” What if what you feel is more consistent anger or irritability? I have had patients say to me, “I’m irritable all of the time; could I be bipolar?”
Every day, your stress levels are through the roof. You can’t seem to complete routine tasks at work, at home, or both. You feel so worried about getting fired and losing the income you need to contribute to your family. You know you have to do something.
Whether I’m talking to my adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) patients in tech-focused Seattle, WA or in eco-conscious Portland, OR, people definitely have concerns about the potential side-effects of stimulants.
Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may worry about how their stimulant medication might affect them. Some people are concerned that their ADHD medication might make them “feel like a zombie.” Many of my patients complain about the dreaded “Adderall crash.” If you’ve never heard of this phenomenon before, I have an analogy that might be helpful.
Sweaty palms, racing thoughts, dry mouth, pounding heart--the symptoms of anxiety can feel awful.
When I am working with a patient with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to figure out the best treatment for them, a question that often comes up is “What’s the difference between immediate-release and extended-release stimulants?”
Have you ever played “Would you rather”? You know – the game where you’re put on the spot to answer a weird question truthfully. It can be a fun way to get to know people – but the questions can get really personal and even make you feel uncomfortable.
Do you feel like even though you’re doing your best, you can’t manage your depression symptoms on your own anymore? This can be a very lonely and painful place to find yourself in. You’re craving relief from feeling sad, hopeless, and lethargic all the time. But you just don’t have the motivation to figure out what to do about it. Whatever the solution is, you want it to be easy because that’s all you have the energy for right now.