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Eating Disorders: What To Tell ED Treatment Decision-Makers

Eating Disorders: What To Tell ED Treatment Decision-Makers

When you have an eating disorder, you need to know what to tell an eating disorder treatment decision-maker. After all, having an eating disorder sucks and being worried about affording, or being denied eating disorder treatment, adds to the suckiness. During my stay at an inpatient facility, one of the girls threw up blood, and still, her insurance kicked her out after 11 days. Another girl with anorexia was there before I arrived and stayed after my release. To insurance companies, people are words on a page. They don’t know us. Even if they saw a picture, they might think we’re fine when we’re not. What they don’t know, is that just because we don’t look like a skeleton, it doesn’t mean we’re not at risk of dying. Here’s what eating disorder treatment decision-makers need to know.

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What I Wish Insurance Companies Knew About Eating Disorders

What I Wish Insurance Companies Knew About Eating Disorders

There are a lot of things I wish insurance companies knew about eating disorders, but the reality is, the people who are deciding whether or not to pay for our treatment are not doctors. They are case managers, people whose first priority is to make the company money. If they can reasonably deny your claim, they will. And to be perfectly honest, this makes me unbelievably angry. A friend of mine just had her insurance deny her coverage and had to leave a treatment center unexpectedly. I am livid. Our eating disorder minds will play plenty of tricks on us if our insurance refuses to cover treatment, but let me make two things abundantly clear: if insurance denies you treatment, it does not mean that you are not sick, and it does not mean that you do not deserve to get better. Here’s what I wish insurance companies knew about eating disorders.

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Is It A Diet or An Eating Disorder?

Is It A Diet or An Eating Disorder?

I had been in outpatient therapy for six months. I was seeing a dietitian. I was made to attend an eating disorder support group. Even given all those interventions, if you asked me, I didn’t have an eating disorder. I was a healthy eater who maybe had a few “funny” things around food. It’s hard to tell the difference between a diet and an eating disorder for some.

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Why We Need Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Why We Need Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Week 2015 officially runs from February 22-28. I think that sometimes it is easy to blow this week off every year, because the reality is that we are at a point (at least in the United States), where most people are fairly “aware” of eating disorders. For the most part, people are familiar with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating and may even know someone who suffers but we still need Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

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Writing and Talking about Eating Disorder Recovery

Writing and Talking about Eating Disorder Recovery

I often say, and write, that my eating disorder never defined me, not its diagnosis, nor the stigma attached to suffering through the illness. Even today, I’m open about the fact that I deal with food anxiety and no, I’m not ashamed of that either.

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5 Truths I Learned in Eating Disorder Recovery

5 Truths I Learned in Eating Disorder Recovery

In the context of peer support, I’m often asked about what eating disorder recovery means to me and how I ‘got’ here. Basically, I’m asked to sort of summarize the most important thoughts I went through while battling the disease; or now, looking back on it. I’m happy to share with you readers some of my most personal truths discovered along the way; things I know for sure about myself and about what my recovery was like, and also in regards to how I feel about my history with bulimia.

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Should I Tell People I’ve Been in Eating Disorder Treatment?

Should I Tell People I’ve Been in Eating Disorder Treatment?

On Tuesday, I started studies for my Master’s degree.  (In expressive arts therapy, if you were wondering.)  And around the country, schools and universities are returning to session and one of the most common “get-to-know-you” questions is “What did you do this summer?” If you were lucky enough to go to an eating disorder treatment center during the summer months, or during a school break, you might be able to make something up. But what if you’re in a career and just had to take off three or six months for eating disorder treatment? How do you explain that?

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Bulimia Recovery: Admitting You Have Bulimia

Bulimia Recovery: Admitting You Have Bulimia

Admitting I had a problem was my first step to bulimia recovery. With time, wisdom, and experience, I’ve come to terms with my diagnosis and accepted that bulimia did not define me. My acceptance of the diagnosis was a starting point, a breath of fresh air, much like walking out of a room in college when you decide this party’s over, I’m heading home. As uncomfortable as that experience was, being diagnosed, for me, felt like coming home.

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You’re Bulimic? You Do What?!

You’re Bulimic? You Do What?!

Warning: This specific article is graphic and may be triggering.)

My bulimia was a pallet of colors. As dreamy as that could sound, this wasn’t as innocent as a coloring book, rather colors were my guide.

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What Do You Mean My Eating Disorder Is ‘Not Otherwise Specified?’

What Do You Mean My Eating Disorder Is ‘Not Otherwise Specified?’

As I mentioned in my post during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, over half of eating disorders in the United States are diagnosed as “Eating Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified” or ED-NOS. It’s a tricky thing to pin down, ED-NOS is. The manifestation of this eating disorder is as varied as its many sufferers and carries a stigma and set of problems all its own.

So if I’m diagnosed with ED-NOS – what the heck does that even mean? What does it mean for my recovery? What does it mean for my access to eating disorder treatment?

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