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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.


July 06, 2017
The lyrics were no longer about finding myself after a bad breakup. That day, I was singing to the hopelessness and despair that had settled into my life. I began to feel empowered. I sat up straighter; I felt stronger. I was ready to stand back up again. As I sang, I was reminded of a very important truth: mental illness is about falling down and, most importantly, standing back up — even when we don’t believe that we can. Maybe, I could recover. I thought, as I stood up to walk out of the room.
DocumentID: 2109
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jenni schaefer", "kathryn bruno", "music therapy", patients, treatment
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June 28, 2017
Recently, Prince Harry discussed his own struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, which were at times triggered by being in a crowded room. Some things that helped Prince Harry cope with his own anxiety issues was to join the military, serve in Afghanistan and develop the Invictus Games, a sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women.
DocumentID: 2065
DocumentTags: alumni, anxiety, "mood and anxiety disorders", "panic attacks", patients, "prince harry", "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2017/Anxiety-and-Panic-Prince-Harry-Shares-His-Struggles
May 15, 2017
Those us who are familiar with mental health illnesses know that oftentimes sufferers mask their symptoms. Nowhere is that more true than in social media. As the nation kicks off Mental Health Awareness Week, we would like to showcase Instagram's  partnership with Troian Bellisario as part of #HereForYou campaign.
DocumentID: 2017
DocumentTags: alumni, depression, families, instagram, "mental health", patients, "troian bellisario"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/Instagram-and-Pretty-Little-Liars-Star-Troian-Bellisario-Team-Up-to-Talk-About-Mental-Illness
April 26, 2017
We applaud these celebrities who consistently use their public platform to speak out against body shaming and encourage body positivity. For those who’ve experienced their own struggles with eating disorders, we are grateful that they have honestly and bravely told their story as a way to raise awareness and remove the stigma of mental illnesses.
DocumentID: 1989
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "body positivity", bulimia, families, patients, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2017/23-Celebrities-Speak-Out-About-Eating-Disorders-and-Body-Positivity
April 17, 2017
Eating disorders are debilitating. If you have an eating disorder and another co-occurring issue (substance use disorder, anxiety disorder or mood disorder), you not only tend to have more severe symptoms, you can also be more resistant to treatment. But no matter how many diagnoses you have, recovery is always possible.
DocumentID: 1987
DocumentTags: "erc chicago il", families, "linda lewaniak", patients, professionals, "substance use disorder", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2017/Recovery-for-More-Than-One-Diagnosis-is-Possible-Linda-Lewaniak
February 15, 2017
We all need skills to harness anxiety, manage fear, and gain control in what feels like an out of control situation. It’s important to learn and practice these skills to reduce the risk of burnout, harmful levels of stress that reduce the effectiveness of our immune system, disrupted sleep, and a higher susceptibility to depression.
DocumentID: 1912
DocumentTags: #therapythursday, alumni, dbt, "erc chicago il", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/You-Can-Manage-Your-Anxiety;-Here’s-How-Lara-Schuster-Effland
February 10, 2017
Making up worst-case scenarios in my head was once a common theme. It was how I woke up every morning. Daily, I’d walk around with panic as my constant companion; a sense of doom dictated my every move. Now, I can fact-check all situations, reducing lingering anxiety.
DocumentID: 1910
DocumentTags: #recoverywednesday, alumni, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "robyn cruze", "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/How-to-Fact-Check-Your-Biggest-Worries-–-Robyn-Cruze
February 07, 2017
We can face our fears. Too many of us stay stuck because we are afraid of what others might think about our problems. Even if we don’t struggle with social anxiety, we might be paralyzed by fear of something else. As Eleanor Roosevelt says quite simply, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” That’s exactly what Lindsey did.
DocumentID: 1909
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jenni schaefer", patients, "social anxiety", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2017/Yes,-You-Can-Beat-Social-Anxiety-and-Your-Eating-Disorder!-–-Jenni-Schaefer
January 04, 2017

In treatment, I sat across from my children and Hubby. I was able to be clear and present, something I hadn't been in a long time. "I am in Mommy camp," I told my daughters. "I'm learning how to be a better Mommy."

DocumentID: 1882
DocumentTags: #caregiverscorner, #recoverywednesday, families, patients, professionals, "robyn cruze", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/2017/Is-it-OK-to-Leave-Your-Children-to-Enter-Treatment
November 08, 2016
Suicide may feel “silent” to those who commit it, but it screams within the hearts of the ones left behind. Silence, I am learning, is the sound of leaving the tribe — it is the hush of isolation.
DocumentID: 888
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, professionals, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/2016/The-Sound-of-Suicide;-End-it-by-Using-Your-Voice
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