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The Eating Recovery Center Blog features frequent updates concerning Eating Recovery Center (ERC), our eating disorder treatment methods and programs, and upcoming meetings and events to help provide patients, families, professionals, and alumni alike with the information they need to understand their condition and enter on a path to long-lasting recovery.


October 10, 2018
If a friend or family member discloses thoughts of suicide to you, we want you to know that you are not alone, and neither is the person you love. Many resources can assist you both in getting the help you need.
 
DocumentID: 3426
DocumentTags: alumni, "eden newmark", families, "insight behavioral health centers", patients, suicide, "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/What-to-Do-When-Someone-You-Love-is-Suicidal-Eden-Newmark
October 10, 2018
When our hearts start doing funny things, it can feel scary and may even cause panic. We may fear a heart attack or that we have heart problems. More often than not, when heart palpitations or a “racing heart” are caused by stress or anxiety, they are harmless. Should you be concerned when your heart is racing? 
DocumentID: 3425
DocumentTags: "insight behavioral health centers", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/My-Heart-is-Racing-Are-Palpitations-a-Sign-of-Stress-and-Anxiety-–-Lara-Schuster-Effland
October 10, 2018
Our minds think countless thoughts per day — but not every thought has meaning. Some thoughts focus on future tasks, some focus on worries or regrets, and some are just strange and random. When strange and random thoughts are upsetting or distressing, we may wonder if these thoughts are signaling our secret desires. 
DocumentID: 3424
DocumentTags: alumni, "dr aimee keith", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Help,-I-Can’t-Turn-Off-My-Thoughts-Dealing-with-Distress
October 03, 2018
Loved ones should remember that they can help identify and contain a relapse. Loved ones, as well as the individual themselves, can: 1) Be prepared, 2) Plan ahead with a comprehensive relapse prevention plan, and 3) Identify action steps and self-compassionate self-talk in advance. Recovery is possible.
DocumentID: 3423
DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, relapse, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Eating-Disorder-Relapse-is-Common;-How-to-Help-Your-Loved-One-Through-it-Dr-Angela-Derrick
September 27, 2018

The science on obesity has changed dramatically and it’s incumbent that we, the medical and clinical community, catch up. Dr. Julie Friedman, National Senior Director of ERC’s Binge Eating Treatment & Recovery (BETR) Program helps separate dieting fiction from fact.

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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "dr julie friedman", "erc chicago il", professionals
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/3-myths-about-dieting-and-weight-loss
September 26, 2018
Songs can help those in recovery get through their day. Whatever you are going through in life, you can feel the power of songs. I challenge you to dig through the lyrics of one of your favorite songs that you have had on repeat and ask what it is the artist is singing about or why you love that song. Write down what comes to you in the moment.
DocumentID: 3419
DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/How-Your-Favorite-Song-Lyrics-Can-Support-Your-Recovery-–-Haleigh-Beaird
September 26, 2018
If you’ve had moments of binge eating after following a “clean” eating diet, you may not be bingeing despite your food rules and nutrition knowledge; you may actually be bingeing because of the strict diet that you’re trying so hard to follow. Here's why.
DocumentID: 3417
DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", causes, "jean curran", orthorexia, patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Orthorexia-Can-Healthy”-Eating-Lead-to-Binge-Eating-–-Jean-Curran
September 19, 2018
I was scared of what was on the other side of the doors. The real world was behind those doors and that terrified me. The time I spent in the safety of the treatment center comforted me because I knew I wouldn’t use eating disorder behaviors. I knew I was safe. But what was it going to be like on my own... in my house? ​
DocumentID: 3414
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "what to expect"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Leaving-Treatment-It’s-Going-to-Be-OK-Savannah-K
September 19, 2018
If we can find a way to truly connect to the things we care about, it makes the journey toward sobriety and recovery a much more rewarding one. We aren’t simply interrupting behaviors or abstaining from substances. We are freeing ourselves from the constant pursuit to avoid painful emotions and reconnecting to those things we truly care about.
DocumentID: 3413
DocumentTags: alumni, "amber herring", "leah young", "linda lewaniak", "national recovery month", patients, "support groups"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Finding-Recovery-Let-Your-Values-Guide-You
September 13, 2018
To the older women struggling: Remember that you are not alone, you deserve a fulfilling life, and if you are willing, you have help on this journey. I will say that recovery has not been an easy journey. I have had my ups and downs, but it has been so worth it! I am an older woman, now 52, living with contentment, peace and joy. Shame and fear no longer call the shots in my life.
DocumentID: 3412
DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/To-the-Older-Woman-with-an-Eating-Disorder-Kelli-Evans
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