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Learn more about ADHD treatment

In order to treat your ADHD, consult with one of our board-certified doctors online today to learn more about ADHD treatment options including prescription medication to treat ADHD, if you qualify.*

  • Medication services available 24/7 for adults and kids (3+)

  • Top quality, board-certified doctors

  • No insurance needed

  • Same-day prescriptions available*

*Disclaimer: Please note that PlushCare cannot write prescriptions for ADHD medication such as Adderall, Ritalin, and other controlled substances. Treatment of ADHD will depend on the individual's symptoms, age, and the severity of impact. Prescription medication is a common form of treatment for ADHD. Treatment is most effective when medication therapy is combined with behavioral strategies.

We accept these insurance plans and many more!

Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less. Otherwise, new patient visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for members.

  • United Healthcare
  • Humana
  • Aetna

2 simple steps to request treatment for ADHD today

  • Book an ADHD treatment request appointment.

    Step 1

    Book an ADHD treatment request appointment.

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider about ADHD.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider about ADHD.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer. Complete any necessary evaluations.

  • Pick up a prescription to treat ADHD, if prescribed.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription to treat ADHD, if prescribed.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy. Prescriptions are provided at doctor’s discretion.

  • Book an ADHD treatment request appointment.

    Step 1

    Book an ADHD treatment request appointment.

    Book a same day appointment from anywhere.

  • Talk to your medical provider about ADHD.

    Step 2

    Talk to your medical provider about ADHD.

    Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer. Complete any necessary evaluations.

  • Pick up a prescription to treat ADHD, if prescribed.

    Step 3

    Pick up a prescription to treat ADHD, if prescribed.

    We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy. Prescriptions are provided at doctor’s discretion.

ADHD treatment pricing details

How pricing works

To request ADHD treatment and get a new or refill on your prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

Paying with insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

Copay

For all visits

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:
    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • United Healthcare

Paying without insurance

Membership

$14.99/month

First month free

First visit

$129

Repeats only $69

30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week
  • Unlimited messages with your 24/7 Care Team
  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%
  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests
  • Free memberships for your family
  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129 and follow-ups are only $69 for active members.

Book an appointment

If we're unable to treat you, we'll provide a full refund.

Learn about ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that is characterized by chronic problems including difficulty paying attention and acting hyperactive or impulsive. According to CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that ADHD is one of the most common childhood neurodevelopmental disorders.

ADHD causes

The causes and risk factors of Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are unknown, and is an area of active research. Recent research studies have point to the important role that genetics play. ADHD risk factors may include:

  • Genetics

    If family members have ADHD or another mental health condition, the risk is higher.

  • Environmental factors

    An example is exposure to lead at a young age.

  • Premature birth

  • Maternal substance abuse

    This includes drug and alcohol usage during pregnancy.

  • ADHD medication

    ADHD medication can include stimulant medications, as well as non-stimulant medications.*

  • Stimulant medication

    This is the most common type of medication that is prescribed for treating ADHD. Stimulant medications work by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine production in the brain. These two neurochemicals are thought to play essential roles in thinking and attention.

    • Adderall

    • Adderall XR

    • Dexedrine

    • Vyvanse

    • Ritalin

    • Concerta

    Please note: PlushCare cannot prescribe controlled substances including many of the medications listed above, see below for more info.

  • Non-stimulant medication

    These medications are prescribed when a patient is not responding to the stimulant medications or are unable to cope with the side effects brought about by the stimulant medications. Non-stimulant medications typically take longer to start working than the stimulants medications.

    *Medications are prescribed at the sole discretion of a PlushCare physician. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances can only be written after a medical evaluation. Scheduling an appointment does not guarantee that a medication can or will be prescribed.

  • When to talk to a doctor about ADHD

    Consult a doctor about ADHD if:

    • ADHD symptoms are disrupting your daily life
    • A child has ADHD signs/symptoms – speak with your child’s doctor, primary care provider, or pediatrician; may provide a referral to a specialist or mental health professional, who can provide a diagnosis and potential treatment options

    Related conditions to ADHD

    Some of the conditions related to ADHD include coexisting conditions. These may include:

  • Anxiety

    A person suffering from ADHD can also be suffering from anxiety disorder. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, around half of adults with ADHD also have anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorder feel intense anxiety or fear persistently in their daily lives, which impedes their daily normal functioning.

  • Mood disorders

    According to CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) approximately 38% of adult ADHD patients also suffer from mood disorder. Mood disorders are characterized by extreme mood swings, and can include depression and bipolar disorder.

  • Other mental health conditions

    ADHD often coexists with other mental disorders. These include:

    • Autism spectrum disorder
    • Eating disorders
    • Oppositional defiant disorder
    • Sleep disorders
    • Tourette’s syndrome

  • Learning disabilities

    According to CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), children with ADHD diagnosis tend to have a higher probability of developing learning disorders than children without ADHD. Specifically, approximately half of the children with ADHD have learning disorders, and about 5% of children without ADHD have learning disorders. Common learning disorders are dyslexia and dyscalculia.

  • How to treat ADHD

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) treatment depends on factors such as a person’s age, symptoms, and severity of impact. Prescription medication treatment is common and most effective when combined with behavioral treatment such as behavior therapy.

    For young children with ADHD, behavior therapy is typically recommended before looking at medications. At this age, the behavior therapy not only involves skills training for the child but also parenting skills training for the parents.

    Both children and adults with ADHD can experience difficulties in social interactions and can benefit from undergoing social skills training. Social skills training aims to teach skill sets that help improve and maintain social interactions.

    Speak with a doctor to learn more about treating ADHD.

    ADHD symptoms

    Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms can begin during childhood and continue into adulthood (adult ADHD). Common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Difficulty paying attention (inattention)

    This refers to having difficulty staying organized and sustaining focus to finish specific tasks.

  • Being overactive (hyperactivity)

    This is characterized by constantly moving about, excessively fidgeting, or talking. In adults, hyperactivity may present as extreme restlessness or excessive talking.

  • Acting without thinking (impulsivity)

    This refers to having difficulty with self-control.

     

    A mental health professional will determine if a patient suffers from ADHD according to the criteria as defined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth edition (also known as DSM-5). And the guideline requires at least five symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity for diagnosing adult ADHD (note that only a mental health professional can diagnose ADHD.

    ADHD can progress into adulthood and affect children and adults differently. Of the three key symptoms of ADHD, hyperactivity is expressed and experienced differently between an adult and a child. A child with hyperactivity can readily express it by performing actions in situations when he/she shouldn’t. For example, running around when they should be sitting down and focusing on a task. An adult with hyperactivity may have more impulse control than a kid and express it differently. It may be more of a feeling of restlessness and impatience. As a result, the adult can find it uncomfortable sitting down for a long time, and will tend to pace and walk around. The individual can also seek lifestyles and jobs that are highly active to satisfy the hyperactivity impulses.

  • ADHD treatment FAQs

    • Can you get ADHD treatment online?

      PlushCare cannot prescribe stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin because they are classified as controlled substances and typically require an in-person visit before a prescription can be written. Because they are often the first line of treatment for ADHD, in-person treatment is recommended. However, our doctors can prescribe non-stimulant medication to treat ADHD.

    • Can an online doctor help me with ADHD?

      While our online doctors cannot prescribe controlled substances that are often used to treat ADHD, there are some non-controlled substances used to treat ADHD, such as Strattera, its generic version atomoxetine, guanfacine, and bupropion, which can all be prescribed online if a patient qualifies after a medication consultation.

    • Which ADHD medications are controlled substances?

      Commonly prescribed medications that are schedule 2 controlled substances include: Adderall, Adderall XR, Vyvanse, Concerta, methylphenidate, Dexedrine, Ritalin, amphetamine / dextroamphetamine, dextroamphetamine. PlushCare is unable to prescribe controlled substances.

    • Can you get Adderall online?

      Our online doctors are unable to prescribe Adderall. Adderall is classified as a controlled substance by the Food and Drug Administration, and our doctors do not prescribe controlled substances.

    • What are controlled substances?

      There are varying levels of regulations when it comes to medication. Schedule 1 is the most serious and includes illegal drugs with no medical benefits. Prescription medications that have potential for abuse, addiction, or are otherwise known to come with high risks are controlled substances and require an in-person visit to obtain a prescription, and in some cases may not prescribed if the risks outweigh the benefits. Most ADHD medications are classified as schedule 2 drugs.