Eating Disorder Resource Center
330 W. 58th St. Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-989-3987
Email: [email protected]

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have an eating disorder?

Almost everyone in our culture worries about weight, food intake and body image. However, not everyone is eating disordered. Here are signs of whether a real problem is in the making:

How long does treatment take?

Unfortunately with the treatment of anorexia, bulimia or binge eating, there is no way of knowing how long it will take for someone to resume and maintain healthy eating patterns. The longer someone has been entrenched in certain rituals of starving, purging or bingeing, the longer it will take to recover. However some changes should be apparent in the first month or two of treatment (sometimes even within the first couple of weeks) or the therapy needs to be re-evaluated.

If my teenage daughter sees you for therapy, will I be able to be in touch with you?

Parents always should have a way of being in contact with the therapist if their daughter is underage – or if they are financing the treatment. In some cases, the parents will be encouraged to take a direction that involves active intervention, such as re-feeding their anorexic daughter. In other cases, parents will be encouraged to help the team set limits regarding the eating behaviors. Regardless, parents will be included in the treatment process so that they have support and know how to best proceed. We balance that support with an appreciation of the privacy that may be needed for a child, teen or young adult to best make use of the treatment process.

Do you take insurance?

We do have therapists who are on some insurance panels. Even if our therapists are not "in-network" providers for your insurance panel, you may be able to get reimbursement from your insurance company for fees you have paid out of pocket, depending on your plan. It is recommmended that you call your insurance company to find out about "out -of-network reimbursement", as this information will give you and our staff a better sense of what you may or may not be able to afford. We also have lower cost treatment available for patients who do not have insurance or who cannot afford to pay higher fees out of pocket regardless of reimbursement.

Will I need to take medication to get better?

We have seen many people completely stop anorexic, bulimic and bingeing behaviors by exploring the reasons behind problematic eating and developing alternative means of taking care of one’s self. However, sometimes someone is so medically compromised by the time they meet with us that our first line of action is to ensure that health is immediately restored. In that regard, medication may be recommended to ease the effects of depression or compulsivity that can be associated with bingeing or starving behaviors. Alternately, for those progressing in treatment, medication still may be recommended as a means of easing the process of recovery. Medication, in and of itself, won’t stop an eating disorder. But, as a colleague once said “Taking medication is like running through Central Park in sneakers instead of stiletto heels. You still have to put in the work, but it certainly makes the process easier.”