questions: health, therapy, dietitians

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questions: health, therapy, dietitians

i've started therapy now, but so far have only had to talk about it with my therapist and the doctor, and haven't had to tell anyone else.
i'm away from home at university, so these things so far have been free.
but my therapist also wants me to see a dietitian. this would mean going to the real hospital, not just the student health center, and it costs $90 a session. i called and asked about the fee and was told insurance will cover some of it, but i'd have to call and ask my insurance about it, and i don't have the information on my own without asking my mom.
i absolutely don't want to tell my mom. and what if insurance doesn't even cover very much? i don't want my mom to pay for it.
does anyone know how about how much insurance would cover for an eating-disorder related dietitian visit?
or, really, have any advice in general?
i feel like one of my most fundamental problems is that i can't stop eating when i'm full and listen to what my body needs, and i know the dietitian is intended to help with that...
i don't know what to do!

horsebacklover2's picture
Elle! Hi! Wow I could really

Elle! Hi! Wow I could really relate.. but its so great that your getting help. Im really jealous in a way, but like if you told your mom you could just say your seeing a dietician, thgats a normal thing, that you want to make sure your eating healthy and etc-- maybe you dont need to tell her everything. Do you? I dont know what kind of mom she is. At least you don't live at home!!! I'm finishing college but i still live at home and its like impossible for me to talk to my family about this- seriously, they would be more harm then help.. (at least I think its too scary to imagine) Anyway though-- a dietitian would really help, and you might be able to get the best of both worlds- tell your mom you want to see one because your eating unhealthy or something (you don't need to say your b/p) and make little of it. does that help? Hope it does.. if you have any other family advice let me know.. I'm scared of my mom like she'd throw me out of the house! As for what insurance covers, call them and ask them, or talk to the office and they can tell you.

dee, horsebackgirl

happyhed's picture
My advice is to be careful

My advice is to be careful with dieticians and nutritionists. This is only my experience, I have had some VERY bad information given to me by the so called professionals. For example, 2 of them were very over weight, and one of them told me my eating habits were normal for a teenaged girl. This is just my experience though.

One thing you might try is doing research yourself. I have educated myself a lot. There's no reason why you can't take matters into your own hands. It's a lot of information, but it can only benefit you. And then when you're talking to a dietician you can actively ask questions and have a better grasp of what they're telling you.

easyasshegoes's picture
Nutrition Books


There are alot of nutrition textbooks out there that you could look into getting. Possibly tell your therapist you want to do reading on your own. If you have a bookstore that buys and sells used textbooks I know I took a nutrition class at culinary school and we had a fabulous nutrition text book that was really informative and I found it very fascinating. You might want to check ebay or amazon if you can't find them used somewhere. I suggest textbooks simply because if they teach it at a school then the info should be more reliable than an unknown author selling thier book at a Borders. Thats my suggestion, hope you figure out somthing that will work for you.

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thanks for all the ideas!

one thing i have been using is
i enter the foods i eat and it counts calories and protein and fat and everything. i know counting calories isn't always good, BUT, i really do think it's been helping because even if i am uncomfortably full, a lot of times i'll find out that it wasn't all that bad for me. or foods that i think i should be restricting, i can see all the good they are doing for me. and i'm not ashamed of what i'm eating or try lie about it because no one sees the results but me.
i told my therapist about it and she said that was a really good place to start. she still recommended the nutritionist, but i think she seems to be encouraging me to tell my mom and sees those two things as going together.
i think i would be more comfortable doing research on my own and continuing with i feel like i won't be ready to tell my mom until i have it more under control myself. that way, no matter how she reacts, i can still be productive.

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