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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.


February 08, 2018
Have you heard of the theory of the suffering of the “overcontrolled” individual? Overcontrolled individuals tend to be perfectionists who live most of their life in a state of high threat (rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and quick breathing rate). Radically Open DBT addresses three different areas that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a richer and more rewarding emotional life. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", patients, professionals, "radically open dialectical behavior therapy", treatment
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January 31, 2018
I heave my suitcase into the overhead bin, and hesitantly take my seat. Seemingly unaware that I have arrived, the woman continues reading the paper; her elbow extending into my seat space and resting deep into my intestines. I shift in my seat in an effort to dislodge her elbow; my ample hips cause the armrest to raise as they settle in. She clears her throat and looks over her newspaper at me. Her subtle microaggression of defending her space reinforces the myriad messages I’ve already received: fat people are undeserving of occupying a shared space.
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "erc cincinnati oh", patients, professionals, "rachel king"
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January 18, 2018
We are almost two years out of treatment now, and are still walking the road to recovery. But now we have hope. And we know we aren’t walking alone. We are also filled with gratitude for the friendships formed during our treatment days, and in the months since. We have worked with and have met some amazing people with whom we have found both empathy and understanding. 
 
 
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DocumentTags: "anorexia nervosa", "child & adolescent", families, "sunnie gruwell", treatment
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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"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2018/Stop-Suffering-in-Silence-5-Ways-to-Help-Your-Teen-Manage-Severe-Anxiety-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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 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 mental health issues. 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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