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How can I save money on treatment for my mood disorder?

All healthcare providers have experience in helping patients cut medical or therapeutic costs. If you have a mood disorder, do not hesitate to talk to these professionals about:
  • reduced fees and payment plans
  • the cost savings and efficacy of generic medication
  • your eligibility for free medication from the drug manufacturer (senior citizens sometimes can get discounts)
  • the healthcare provider's access to free samples of your medication
  • intervening on your behalf with your insurance company, either with a phone call or letters
Other strategies for reducing treatment costs include:
  • using county or state services
  • going longer between psychiatric appointments. (Your therapist or psychiatrist can help you learn coping skills to manage your mood between visits.)
  • contacting your state's mental health organizations to find out whether the state offers a risk pool for hard-to-insure individuals.
  • getting to your healthcare providers or support groups before you get to a crisis point. Talking briefly with a professional or making a slight adjustment in your medication can prevent more expensive interventions when a full-blown crisis occurs.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.