Imagine you finally reach out for help. Your eating disorder is out of control and you need someone to listen. Someone to just take your hand and lead you down the path to recovery.
Then the door to hope is slammed in your face.
This is what is happening across this country everyday when it comes to eating disorder treatment, support, and frankly, medical understanding of eating disorders.
Medical illness in one thing, mental illness is another. Most states medical illness with one set of rules, and mental illness with another…the problem with eating disorders are insurance coverage limits that usually run out well before recovery occurs, especially since full recovery from an eating disorder can be lengthy.
Hope is on the way. But you must commit to educating yourself on the system. The sad part is that anyone, deep in the throws of an eating disorder, barely has energy to cry for help, much less study up on how to get themselves help.
But you must. You must stand up for yourself, and believe there is a better life waiting out there for you.
Here is some information to help you down your new path in life:
Survival Guide – how to find and afford appropriate treatment for your eating disorder
Join the Fight for Mental Parity! – Huh? I didn’t a clue what this meant either until I started digging into the ED insurance issues I continually hear from blog posters.
Mental illnesses are not treated the same as medical illnesses when it comes to insurance. What is this 1950? In the year 2007, we allow discrimination based on the type of disease someone has…this fact is pathetic.
Let’s hope change is forthcoming thanks to the efforts of NEDA and families like The Westins.