National Eating Disorders Association

Seeking help for an eating disorder is hard work. It can be challenging enough without having to face the uncertainty of medical evaluations and insurance approval. We hope the following resources will make the process easier, helping you to understand your options and find the treatment that is right for you. 

Suggested Medical Tests

A complete medical assessment is important when diagnosing eating disorders. Talk with your doctor about performing specific laboratory tests. Learn more.

Selecting a Treatment Center for Your Loved One

If your loved one is struggling with outpatient treatment or needs a higher level of care, you will need to consider several different options. Finding a program or physician that has expertise in treating all aspects of eating disorders is crucial. Learn more.

Questions to Ask When Considering Treatment Options

There are various approaches to eating disorders treatment. It is important to find an option that is most effective for your needs. Learn more.

Questions to Ask Your Treatment Provider

Once you have chosen a treatment provider, you may want to consider asking these questions in your first meeting. Learn more.

Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Therapist

Some of these questions are intuitive and some not, some are about finding a personal fit and some are about objective measures. This handout will give you some ideas about how you can play an active role in choosing your therapist. Learn more.

Securing Eating Disorders Treatment: Ammunition for Arguments with Third Parties

Unfortunately, some patients and families frequently have to fight to get the appropriate and necessary treatment for eating disorders. Here are some arguments to use when trying to secure treatment from an insurance provider or another third party. Learn more.