I DO NOT HAVE AN EATING DISORDER - page 41
The money issue has been such a big deal to me. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position in which I can quite comfortably support myself financially, but I’ve always been frugal, saving a lot and very rarely splashing out. In one of the ED recovery groups I attended, they told me ‘Get help if you can afford it. And get help if you can’t afford it. Your life is worth more than the money’. Adding so many costs at once just seemed unbearable to me. At the core of that concern was that I just didn’t feel that it was worth putting all this money into my treatment - I was still having a lot of trouble accepting that I had a problem/that I was at any real risk, and even if I was, I didn’t feel my health was worth an extra few hundred dollars a month. But as my girlfriend pointed out, if it had been my little sister who needed this treatment, I would give her absolutely everything I have to get her better. I tried to apply that mentality to justify the money I was dishing out.
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I cannot stress it enough: if you are an Australian with any mental health concerns, see your GP and have them put together a mental health care plan. It will entitle you to a certain number of visits per year with a psychologist or counsellor, for which Medicare will reimburse the majority of the cost. If you have an ED, you may also qualify for Medicare-subsidised dietitian visits (and I assure you, they are WORTH IT). My plan also allowed me to visit a psychiatrist with a significant rebate, which really counts when the visits cost $250 an hour.
If you’ve been living with depression or anxiety all your life, consider taking this step to get yourself treatment. You are worth it.