Feels Lost in Mental Health System

Situation Summary

A 30-year-old woman calls “Ask an Expert” to learn more about binge eating disorder. She is also confused about the mental health system and would like help understanding what is covered by her insurance. She wonders if she needs a therapist and, if so, what type of therapist would be best and where to find a good one.

Questions in Need of Answers

What is binge eating disorder, and what causes it?

What are the treatment options and how long does treatment usually last?

Is treatment for binge eating disorder covered by my health insurance, and is so, how do I find someone who treats binge eating disorder?

I know there are different types of therapists. Which ones are best for binge eating disorder?