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Getting an Adult ADD Diagnosis Without Insurance: SOLVED
For a while now, I've felt that I might be suffering from Adult ADD, but since I didn't have insurance and felt comfortable enough living my life without knowing for certain I pushed the matter to the back of my mind and tried to forget it for the time being. Nowadays, however, I find myself thinking about the possibility more and more and wishing I could have the matter settled one way or another. If I do have it or something similar which I have mistaken for Adult ADD, then I'm doing myself a great disservice by letting the matter go unexamined. If I don't, then I'm letting a pretend illness excuse problems that I could perhaps handle myself without the aid of a psychiatrist. Either way, I feel I'm not doing myself any favors by leaving things alone.
So, what I'm wondering is how I could address things without insurance. Would it be advisable to set up an appointment with a psychiatrist without insurance? If so, how much should it cost me to get a diagnosis, and how much would medication cost if I was prescribed some? Would it be worth it?
In case it matters, I'm living near Boston right now. I realize I can get insurance through the state government, but from what I can tell they won't enroll you in MassHealth without proof of income in the form of pay stubs, unemployment checks, or whatever, and I haven't been able to find a job since moving here. If pursuing this matter without insurance would be too costly, then I could just wait until I've found employment, but if not then I'd rather get the ball rolling now.