Eating Disorders

Outpatient Treatment isn’t Working, but Don’t Meet Requirements for Inpatient

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I’ve been struggling with outpatient treatment and am gradually getting worse yet they wont take me as an inpatient until i have a BMI less than 16, which i feel then I will no longer be competent enough to agree to be admitted..its such a shitty system. do you have any suggestions?


First off, I am sorry to hear that outpatient hasn’t been working well for you – and don’t even get me started on the requirements for inpatient…

And I FULLY agree that you should not purposely make yourself ‘worse’ just so you fit the ‘inpatient criteria’.

Have you looked into Treatment Centers? If you do a google search you may be able to find some non-profit type facilities that will have different admittance policies. We also have information on how to run an effective Google Search in our Resources section of the site.

However, as for the immediate issue at hand, I personally never went through inpatient treatment – not because I was against it, but because my situation didn’t cross that line where it was necessary – so all of the ‘recovery’ steps I took were outside of a residential facility.

I thought I would share some of these things with you because they were really helpful for me:

1. Going to a therapist

I went to a therapist who specialized in EDs and I must say that was IMPERATIVE to my recovery. However, the one I ‘stuck with’ was not the first – I did go through a couple before her who I just didn’t click with/who I felt weren’t helping my recovery. So it is important to not only find a therapist who is good, but a therapist who is also GOOD FOR YOU. (I talk about that in this video:

And if you can’t afford a therapist, often school counselors are either free or FAR more affordable, again, just find the RIGHT one smile – and my school even allows Alumni to use their counseling facilities

2. Workbooks

Not only did I buy books written by people who had recovered from an ED (Jenni Schaefer is a MUST read, both “Life Without Ed” and “Goodbye Ed, Hello Me”, but I also bought a Bulimia Workbook, and I worked my way through it – doing everything they recommended. This was INVALUABLE to my recovery. (You can check out some great ED recovery books here: )

3. Watch recovery-positive video blogs and read recovery-focused blogs

I found these videos/blogs so helpful because they let me know I was not alone AND offered me some excellent recovery tips/information. You can view my personal videos at and Libero’s videos at

So there are just a few tips. I hope they help!

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Lauren is the Founder and Editor of Libero. She started Libero in April 2010, when she shared her story about her struggles with an eating disorder and depression. Now Lauren uses her writing and videos to advocate mental health and body positivity. In her spare time, she enjoys makeup artistry, playing Nintendo, and taking selfies with her furbaby, Zoey.

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