I recently got married (within the last 6 months) and my wife is active duty in the Army. Of course, now that I’m a dependent I am switching to TriCare (the military healthcare). My psychiatrist who I have been seeing for the past 3 years is not covered under my new insurance so I have to find a new psychiatrist, which is fine because I have been really unhappy with my current one. I recently went to my first consult at the military clinic so that I could start receiving my healthcare and also to get a referral for a therapist/ psychiatrist. The appointment was nearly an hour of me giving my life history, especially with regards to my mental health. I have been treated for anxiety and depression for the past 6 or so years and for ADHD for the past 3 years.
The doctor tried telling me that he thinks it is possible that the symptoms that I attribute to me having ADHD might just be symptoms of improperly treated anxiety and depression. I KNOW that I have ADHD because nothing has ever made more sense, but since I was good in school up until the second year or so of high school, he doubts it. Also, I am very much of the combined type ADHD, skewing more towards the inattentive side. I feel that so many physicians are not taking the care to keep up to date on the research of mental disorders (especially with ADHD) so if you were not bouncing off the walls hyperactive as a kid, you cannot POSSIBLY have ADHD.
If you have read this far, I am very impressed. But what I’m getting at with this long rant is…
Are there any other military dependents who have had this same issue? I know from experience with my wife, that the military is very dismissive and ignorant when it comes to mental disorders. How did you get around this issue? Is there hope, or are all military physicians like this?