The Economic Burden of Adult ADHD

Why You Should Count Your Costs

Although it certainly can be frustrating to be stuck with all these adult ADHD-related costs, don't just throw up your hands in disgust. Simply identifying these costs is useful. Sometimes, choices that at face value seem to be saving you money actually end up being more expensive once you consider all the related costs. For instance, perhaps that stimulant you're on (which you chose because it has a lower copay) is actually costing you much more when you factor in extra doctor visits and time spent waiting at the pharmacy. Perhaps a nonstimulant option might be more cost effective in your situation.
You may also find that you haven't been budgeting enough for your ADHD treatment. This is especially important for people with health savings account (HSA) insurance plans. If you're not having enough taken out of your paycheck and put into your HSA each month, you're missing out on some of the tax advantages of HSAs.
The bottom line is that ignorance is not bliss when it comes to the economic burden of adult ADHD. As painful as the process of counting the costs may be, ignoring them will only end up costing you more. 
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