|Living with Adult ADHD||ADHD in Women||Apps & Tools|
|Signs & Symptoms||Health & Sleep||Time Management|
|First 100 Days||ADHD at Work||Relationships|
|ADHD Parenting Home||Parenting Strategies||ADHD Teens||Summer Camps|
|Oppositional Defiant||Health & Nutrition||Social Skills||Homework Help|
|Discipline Fixes||Sleep||Organization Skills||Free Downloads|
|ADHD Treatment Home||Natural Treatments||Treating Kids|
|Medications||Diet & Nutrition||Treating Kids Naturally|
|Medication Reviews||Side Effects||First 100 Days|
|Learning Home||Homework Help||Learning Disabilities|
|School Accommodations||Organization Skills||Teachers' Guide|
|IEP/504 Plan||Behavior at School||High School|
|ADHD Symptoms Home||Self-Tests||ADHD in Women|
|ADHD Symptoms||Related Conditions||Diagnosing Kids|
|Types of ADHD||Diagnosing ADD||Dealing with Diagnosis|
|Give a Gift|
All Things Frugal in Treating Adult ADHD
"Any tips for those on a budget? I don't have health insurance and stimulant medications for adult attention deficit disorder are expensive. I can't eat out just because I'm 'too frazzled to cook'—and I definitely can't afford to hire a coach!"
Paying for services to help you with your adult attention deficit disorder can be expensive, indeed. In terms of treatment, there are many programs that can connect you with free or low-cost meds.
The discount often varies by program, type of medication, and the state where you live. Start your search at the SelectCare Benefits Network (scbn.org) or the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (pparx.org).
Instead of hiring a coach or a professional organizer, seek help from family and friends. Try bartering services. Maybe you’re a good baker, and you can make an organized friend a batch of brownies while she sorts through and files a pile of your papers.
Going out to eat when you are too frazzled to cook isn’t the only option, either. The next night you can’t face the stove, have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a side of sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and a glass of low-fat milk for an easy and nutritious meal. More: 6 Ways to Simplify the Kitchen and Save Time
Get some free, real-life advice (and support, which is invaluable) by connecting with other ADDers. You can search for a CHADD chapter near you, for an in-person support group, or join an online message board, like the one hosted by ADDitude at additudemag.com/adhdforums.
Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.