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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.


November 13, 2018
I believe that, for those suffering from eating disorders, gratitude can be easily overshadowed by the many daily battles the eating disorder brings — distancing individuals from feeling grateful for those they love and for experiences in life that truly matter. Gratitude helped me find my joy again — in more profound ways than I had experienced even before the eating disorder took hold of me.
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DocumentTags: alumni, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/The-Power-of-Gratitude-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Jennilyn
Tags: alumni  patients  
November 06, 2018
"I have tried everything imaginable, but I simply don’t have the willpower to stop bingeing.” This is the narrative most people convey when they come to us seeking treatment for binge eating disorder. I’ve heard it so many times: “If only I had self-control, I could stop binge eating.” This is where we have it all wrong: when it comes to binge eating, willpower is a lie. 
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DocumentTags: betr, "betsy callan", "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/Binge-Eating-and-The-Myth-of-Willpower-Self-Control-Betsy-Callan
November 01, 2018
I want the general public to treat people with mental illness the same as those with a physical disease like cancer or a broken leg. Treat these people with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Show them compassion and understanding. Just like with cancer or heart disease, you never know when mental illness will strike you or your family. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "anorexia nervosa", families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "recovery ambassador"
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October 19, 2018
A weekend surrounded by hundreds of sensitive, caring, and open-minded therapists is inevitably enriching. Two days spent talking about transforming lives and supporting others on the path to recovery was inspiring. I truly felt kindness and warmth from every person I talked to over the weekend. I deepened connections with colleagues and formed personal and professional bonds with many kindred spirits. I will certainly be back to the Eating Recovery Foundation annual conference next year and I hope that you consider joining us, too.
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DocumentTags: "eating recovery foundation", "eating recovery foundation conference", events, professionals
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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.
 
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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? 
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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. 
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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.
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/How-Your-Favorite-Song-Lyrics-Can-Support-Your-Recovery-–-Haleigh-Beaird
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