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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.


January 03, 2018
It is reported that more teens are experiencing intense anxiety than ever before. Anxiety at normal levels is an expected physical and emotional reaction to a real or perceived threat. At more intense levels, it can be debilitating. If your teen demonstrates a high level of worry, perfectionism, rigidity or distress related to fears — you may want to consider taking them to counseling. The good news is that anxiety is a highly treatable condition!
 
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DocumentTags: anxiety, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", "symptoms & signs"
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January 02, 2018
I realized that I had been putting off my own passion and joy because I’m too busy tending to the outside stuff — you know, all the stuff that grabs us with urgency. It’s easy to fall into this trap believing that if we can just complete all this stuff, then life will feel more in control, freer and joyful.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "new year resolutions", patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Why-We-Need-ReSOULutions,-not-Resolutions-–-Robyn-Cruze
January 01, 2018
Willingness was the foundation at the start of my recovery and willingness is what keeps me living the whole, connected life I now live. I chose to become well and not settle for simply becoming "better." It's not always easy to make this choice, but I've learned that it's always been about my willingness.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/Eating-Disorders-Why-We-Must-Be-Willing-to-Recover-–-Kelli-Evans
December 20, 2017
I am sharing my story because everybody faces change at some point in their lives (especially during recovery) and I hope to be a beacon of hope that change doesn’t have to be scary. Change can be daunting, but you can be fearless. If, and when, change comes your way, accept it — truly accept the change you wish to see in your life. You may be amazed by the blessings that come with venturing down a new path.
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DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "tara deangelis"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Accept-the-Change-You-Wish-to-See-–-Tara-DeAngelis
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December 18, 2017
Get help with these three tips from binge eating expert Dr. Julie Friedman and our National Recovery Advocate Robyn Cruze. Dr. Friedman shares, “when it comes to binge eating, the longer you behave in a certain way, the harder it will be to break those patterns over time. Break the cycle of binge eating now and it will be easier to refrain from binges in the future.” Here's more:

 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Surviving-the-Holidays-with-Binge-Eating-Disorder-Dr-Julie-Friedman-Robyn-Cruze
December 15, 2017
For a long time, I wondered why I couldn’t move forward and through my pain. But eventually, even as I swore I couldn’t do it, I began coping in new ways. Moving through these uncomfortable emotions then created more space for joy:
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "shannon kopp"
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December 14, 2017
Recovery has not been an easy journey for me, and this year I realize that I no longer take care of myself because I have to. I take care of myself because I want to. It’s now a privilege for me. More than ever, I want everything in my life to be meaningful. To understand why this is profound, you have to know where I’ve come from.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Recovery-The-Greatest-Gift-of-All-–-Kelli-Evans
December 06, 2017
When I was upset during my first Christmas in eating disorder recovery, I would email my team, journal, go outside and breathe, and sometimes cry. All of those were good coping mechanisms for me. Those coping mechanisms kept me honest, helped me let go (just a little), and helped me fight back. 
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "savannah kerr"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/December-2017/Holiday-Meals-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Savannah-Kerr
November 30, 2017
Music therapist Haleigh Beaird shares how music therapy supports recovery from eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Plus, Haleigh shares a special holiday recovery playlist to help you reduce stress during this busy time of the year. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc dallas tx", families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/How-Music-Therapy-Supports-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-and-Mental-Health-Treatment-–-Haleigh-Beaird
November 30, 2017
The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time of year for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other types of mental health disorders. The festivities surrounding most holidays can feel overwhelming, regardless of one’s stage in the recovery or treatment process. How can patients, families and professionals protect recovery during the holidays?
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