Chemistry textbooks on atomic orbitals typically start off with the concept of electrons (viewed as negatively charged point-particles) moving around the nucleus, attracted and bound by the Coulomb force. They then explain that in quantum mechanics one has to solve the time-independent Schroedinger equation. This leads to a discussion of orbitals. Finally they point out that the probability density for the electron can be regarded as a charge density, a stationary cloud of negative charge.
I assume that the interpretation of an orbital as a charge density might well be useful in certain applications. However, there is one aspect that puzzles me. If an electron in an orbital truly behaves like a stationary charge density, shouldn't the Hamiltonian describing the system take into account the electric field energy resulting from this charge density? In other words, the energy required to build this charge density against its own electrostatic repulsion. This would yield a positive term going with 1/r, and its effect in the Schroedinger equation would be to increase the orbital radius.
Since the Schroedinger equation works fine without this extra term, may I conclude that there is no electric field energy associated with the above described charge density?