I’m 26, female and live in Detroit, MI.
I’ve been doing tons of research and have pretty much summed up that I have inattentive ADHD. How would I get an official diagnosis?
In my area, most psychiatrists only deal with child or adolescent ADHD diagnosis/treatment, and the FEW that do don’t take Molina or Medicaid. The average for diagnosis alone is around $200, and we are currently completely broke. But my mind feels like it’s getting worse and worse. On top of that, I feel like I’ll have to go to several different psychiatrists for a diagnosis because the misunderstandings and stereotypes of ADHD “not being for women adults.” And if I can’t afford one evaluation, how am I supposed to afford a second, third, etc opinion?
Has anyone on medicaid gotten an official diagnosis? I really feel like I’m struggling.
I mean, I’m alive. I’ve dealt with life. But it’s been hard, and I just assumed that it was “part of being a highschooler, college student, adult, mom, etc” - I assumed that life was just hard for everyone. But recently, it’s been REALLY TOUGH. Like, my memory is drastically getting worse, my attention span, my executive dysfunctioning, my racing thoughts but not knowing where to start or even how to start, and many more things. It’s getting overwhelming and if there’s something that can help, I wanna try it, but know that I will need an official diagnosis to get treatment of any kind, so I’m at a stressful crossroad here.