Category: Foreign Countries

Finding an Eating Disorder Specialist in a Foreign Country

Woman in the sunset enjoying exercise Being in a positive and supportive environment is key to maintaining stability throughout the changing waves of eating disorder recovery. But life is not always stable. We move and travel for school, work, family, friends, and ourselves. Travel can be incredibly restorative for the mind and soul. Finding yourself lost in a foreign culture sometimes [...]
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Preparing to Study Abroad While in Eating Disorder Recovery

Man on a boat contemplating exposure-based therapy for eating disorders Having the chance to study abroad while in college is the opportunity of a lifetime for many students. Typically, a university or college campus will offer study-abroad programs with partnering schools in different countries around the world, giving a student the chance to learn in a new culture for college credits. Surveys of college students [...]
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Seeking Eating Disorder Treatment Internationally

Woman struggling with Structure in Eating Disorder Recovery Patients Beyond Borders, an organization that works to connect individuals to quality healthcare and also publishes a medical-tourism guidebook, reported in 2007 that “patients spend between $3,800 and $6,000 per cross-border medical visit, including treatment costs, transportation, and accommodations [1].” Medications within the United States are much higher than this for many individuals. Research from [...]
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How to Finance Eating Disorder Treatment Out-of-Country

Woman seeking eating disorder treatment internationally Some insurance programs can make it challenging for families to get coverage, but there are steps you can take to make the pre-approval process easier when seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating disorder out-of-country. First, make sure you understand your policy. Insurance can be difficult to read, but contacting your carrier’s representative can [...]
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Getting ED Treatment When It’s Not Available in Your Country

Woman struggling with depression There are various ways to get health coverage overseas for the treatment of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder. First, know your options on how to plan for health coverage while visiting for an extended time or as part of an exchange program. If you require ongoing medication and eating disorder treatment while [...]
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Working in Third World Countries as an Eating Disorder Survivor

Woman struggling with bulimia looking at lake Overcoming an eating disorder is an amazing feat. Recovery is absolutely possible, but challenging life situations can also be challenging to our recovery status. Job and relationship stresses, new environments, and moving are all situations where we may be tempted to return to using our disorder as a coping mechanism. For someone who moves to [...]
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The Rise of Eating Disorders in Developing Countries

Woman in glasses Eating disorders are truly a global issue. As westernization and populations grow, reports of eating disorders in developing countries are on the rise. Most assumptions of eating disorders in non-westernized societies are due to the assumption that an increase in eating disorders is the direct result of westernization itself [1]. Included in the development of this [...]
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Comparing Co-Occurring Disorders in U.S. and International Countries

Woman celebrating long term recovery The relationship between co-occurring disorders and eating disorders has been well researched, including the differences in how these issues are addressed in the United States versus internationally. Eating disorders are known to frequently have co-occurring mood, anxiety, and trauma-based issues. Studies show that lifetime prevalence of bipolar disorder in the eating disorder population is as [...]
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How to Collaborate with Treatment Professionals Overseas

Woman looking over city During the course of a career as a treatment provider, it may be necessary to collaborate with professionals located overseas. You may have a patient who will be traveling extensively or even relocating to a foreign country. You might also be approached by an overseas provider to assist with a patient who will be in [...]
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Sharing Global Hope for Eating Disorder Recovery

Portait of young woman in summer time When battling an eating disorder, it is easy to feel hopeless. This is especially true in areas of the world where eating disorders are especially stigmatized, or where there might be limited access to quality resources. Sharing hope for eating disorder recovery on a global scale encourages those struggling around the world to remain motivated [...]
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