The Economic Burden of Adult ADHD

Indirect Medical Costs

In the course of treating your ADHD, you'll likely encounter some related expenses that aren't really direct medical expenses. This might include transportation to and from doctor visits, especially if you don't drive or if your doctor's office is far away. It also might include time off from work for doctor or therapy visits.
 
For stay-at-home parents, or for parents who just can't take time off work and have to schedule appointments when they're not working, there's also the cost of paying someone to take care of your kids while you're at the doctor.
 
You may also miss work in order to pick up your prescription from the doctor's office. Even if your doctor doesn't require monthly appointments, you'll still have to pick up the hard-copy prescription and take it to the pharmacy yourself.
 
You may need to miss work to get your ADHD medications filled at the pharmacy, especially since some states will not allow others (such as a spouse) to pick up a controlled substance like a stimulant. While you're at the pharmacy, you'll likely wait longer than other customers, due to all the red tape surrounding controlled substances. The pharmacist and staff have to perform several additional time-consuming steps before your medication can be dispensed.
 
Keep in mind all this waiting happens even when everything goes as planned. When there is a problem, it may take multiple trips to the doctor's office, several stops at the pharmacy, and numerous phone calls just to get a single prescription filled. This may happen if your doctor makes an error on the prescription, if you need a prescription early (for instance, to go on vacation), or if there is a problem at the pharmacy (such as if there is a shortage of your prescribed medication).
 
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