How much should mental healthcare cost? I’ve been in and out of therapy for my entire life, though rarely on meds. Most psychiatrists have put me on anti-depressants because I’ve gone to them when I was at my wits end, unable to focus, feeling like a failure, and rather hopeless. Finally I got myself to a psychiatrist before I was at that point… and was able to talk about my real problem… my ADHD.
I was diagnosed with ADHD in 5th grade and it hasn’t gone away. In fact, my entire life has been a blur inside my head. I’ve never been able to focus long enough to take in information or to learn. How I’ve gotten this far is anyone’s guess. But after losing job after job, and always on the verge of yet another failure, I decided it’s time to do something about my problem. I didn’t realize just how much it was going to cost.
My 90-minute initial consultation with the psychiatrist (who has had a maid for the past 30 years — she mentioned this as we were discussing my problem keeping my room organized and my trouble putting away my clothes right after they are dry, instead throwing them on the floor to get messy again) cost $285. Follow up appointments (I only need one a month, thank goodness) will be $125 for 30 minutes.
When I went to fill my prescription for amphetamine salts (aka generic adderall) I was surprised that my 30 day supply cost a whopping $87. Aren’t generics supposed to be cheap? I didn’t get Adderall XR because there is no generic of that version… I have no idea how much that would cost. This is all without insurance, but it’s still tough to spend that much of my monthly income on my mind.
Then again, if these pills will help me keep my job… and be successful in my career… then even $400 a month is worth it. I just can’t imagine how anyone affords medicine, especially if they need more than one type of pill per month.