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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.


August 17, 2018
Bella was the loving presence at my feet when I ate “fear foods” in my dietitians office. With her in my lap at a support group, I felt more courageous to raise my hand to share my story. Bella was the soft coat I cried into when my friend died in her early thirties. Bella was in my arms the night I finally ended an unhealthy relationship. Most recently, Bella was the face I pictured when I went into labor with my son, because nothing calms me like her sweet eyes. Nothing empowers me like her love.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "national dog day", patients, "shannon kopp"
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August 17, 2018
I have adolescent patients who feel ashamed when they tell me they are depressed or anxious. I gently ask, “Would you feel ashamed if you had asthma and needed to start an inhaler medicine?” No, they say. OK, I say, then let’s start talking about your mental health and what we can do to help you feel better. Mental illness is just that, an illness. It is not who you are!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr linda steiner", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
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August 16, 2018
As a parent, you are celebrating another milestone in your child’s life — the start of another school year. As a parent of a child in recovery, you are likely plagued with many worries about how to best prepare for the new academic year. Here are some tips that may help you get through it.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "back to school", "child & adolescent", "dr casey tallent", families, patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Can-My-Child-Handle-School-in-Recovery-Casey-Tallent
August 01, 2018
Going back to school, moving schools, starting school – it’s all stressful. It’s a messy, exciting, scary, and busy transition, one that can be even more trying for those of us in recovery. Yet, it can also be a time for amazing opportunities and growth. I hope these tips help you manage the back to school struggles. Let this transition be one to push you forward in recovery and in life! 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rae thomas"
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July 25, 2018
My dietician stated that I had been losing weight. I was surprised by this! I literally sat down on the couch in complete shock when she told me. I was surprised because I was enjoying life and food without having a single eating-disordered thought and I didn’t understand how I had lost weight. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, prognosis, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Dealing-with-Setbacks-in-Recovery-Savannah-K
July 25, 2018
There are many misconceptions that come with the term “anorexia:” is the eating disorder more about weight, food, body image or fitting in? The truth is that anorexia is a serious mental illness that affects our physical wellness; it is not a personal choice.  
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DocumentTags: anorexia, causes, "ellie pike", families, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Anorexia-What-is-it-Ellie-Pike
July 19, 2018
To families or caretakers with loved ones struggling, my hope for you is that you learn how best to support your loved one. Don’t stop fighting for your child even when they resist your efforts. Although the process may appear like an uphill battle, full recovery is possible! 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jennilyn harvey", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment, "treatment results"
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July 19, 2018
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Boundaries-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-An-Act-of-Love-Dr-Angela-Derrick
July 04, 2018
What can we do when we feel shame? I suggest practicing self-compassion. Being self-compassionate means that you are aware of your own (and others’) suffering, that you show yourself kindness, and that you are working towards alleviating pain and suffering. While there are a number of ways to practice self-compassion, researchers Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer have proposed five self-compassion practices for individuals with eating disorders: 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "melissa oneill", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/How-to-Overcome-Shame-with-Self-Compassion-Melissa-O’Neill
June 29, 2018
You refused to let the eating disorder, which lived between us for so many years, hide the person I really was. I was fragile as I left the eating disorder treatment center, and you were the Rock of our family as I struggled to walk forward in my recovery journey. I know that I would not be able to enjoy the freedom I have today in recovery if you had not been by my side.
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "kelli evans", "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kelli-E
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