National Eating Disorders Association

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Is it possible to recover w/out specialized help?

I have recently been diagnosed with anorexia and since I'm underweight and a tad malnourished, my psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorders would very much like me to check into a residential program. I'm not totally, totally opposed to it but because I have Medicare, she could only find one treatment center on the other side of the country. My business has been hit pretty hard since Covid so money is extremely tight so I'm not even sure if it's feasible. I'm motivated to get better because I'm actually moving in a great direction in my life and am very excited about it but am struggling to do it on my own. Other than the psychiatrist I'm with now (she's temporary), I have an excellent psychiatrist and even better therapist but neither specialize. Do you guys think I can recover with just free online support groups and forums?

Not likely

perhaps you could talk on the NEDA chat line for places that do accept your insurance. In person would be much more likely to succeed with in person help. I would highly suggest getting in ASAP if that's what your psychiatrist is suggesting.
In terms of money, you can always set up a payment plan with whatever place you go to. Just some thoughts.

Use your willingness to get better before it goes away

Tbh, I have rejected higher levels of care for months because I am still trying to convince myself that I can do this on my own... and I haven’t gotten any healthier. I feel afraid of gaining weight even thought I am severely underweight. If you are willing to do a treatment program, I think you should do it, you don’t want this motivation to pass.thats just some thoughts based on what I’ve been going through, trying to convince myself to recover.


Hi Duchess - welcome to the forums! In addition to our forums and website, you are welcome to contact the NEDA Helpline at (800) 931-2237. Helpline *phone* hours are Monday-Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm EST, and Friday from 11 am to 5 pm EST. Helpline *chat* hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm EST and Friday 9 am to 5 pm EST. You can contact the Helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one. Please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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