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Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

Hi friends. I am trying to help someone get therapy but they are afraid of using their family insurance because they don’t want to be shamed for it. They are also losing their job so money might not be available in the foreseeable future. Suggestions? Boosts welcome.

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta if they live near a university, they may have a grad therapy lab that is open to community members, but that would be talk therapy only with no rx in most places

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@glitterwitch this was my first suggestion since I know we have that available. When you say rx, do you mean prescriptions?

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta yes, at least at my local uni it's just grad students doing practice therapy, but other places may do meds somehow

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta do they feel safe speaking with their family about this?

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@JosiahRA there’s a lot of stigma around it in his culture (he’s Indian) so family is not safe

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta I've heard of Betterhelp which is online counseling and bit cheaper.

I'm not sure how good it is though

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta how would their family be aware? i feel like that might be a hipaa issue is they're in the us

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@ycleptKyara I’ve been told it shows up on their insurance? I don’t know because I don’t have family insurance and rarely even use my own school insurance. We are in the US, though I don’t know what hipaa is

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta okay, i'm still learning about hipaa laws and regulations but it should be ok for the adult child to request that their parents not be told about their treatment. insure.com/health-insurance/ad

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta I work at a pharmacy and even if an adult child is on their parent's insurance, we cannot legally tell their parents what medication they are taking.

Asking for help, therapy, family stigma, insurance 

@martaparta of course, if the parents' have a deductible or an unexpected cost may come up regarding their insurance, that might lead to questioning. but for a dr or the insurance company to disclose the child's health information is a legal offense.

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