by, September 3rd, 2010 at 10:35 AM (980 Views)
Paige had her second appointment with the therapist yesterday. The therapist met with me beforehand and wants Paige to take a test that rules out a psychotic disorder.
She said that with my family's history of mental illness, Paige's difficulty making friends, and her insistence that nothing's wrong wtih burning herself, she is conderned that Paige might be "pre-psychotic". I'm not even sure what that means.
The kicker? The test is a thousand dollars. She said she could go as low as half of that, but no lower. I also informed her that we could only afford for Paige to come once every 2 weeks (we're paying out of pocket, $135/hour.) she got kind of squirrelly and said that Paige may need to be seen much more frequently - even a few times a week.
I know my judgement is potentially clouded by my utter terror at the words "test" and "psychotic". I want to be sure my kid gets the treatment she needs, regardless of cost. But it just felt like this woman was kind of trying to milk us for all she can. I mean, if the test is a thousand, it's a thousand. How come she can half that cost? Does she get to arbitrarily determine how much it is? If so, why is it so much? My understanding is that it's a written test, 360something questions. I almost felt like she was taking advantage of my fear and willingness to do whatever it takes to get my kid whatever help she needs.
Is it unreasonable of me to go for a second opinion before shelling out this kind of money for a test? Am I just being cheap?