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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 dietitian's office. With her in my lap at a support group, I felt more courageous to raise my hand to share my truth. 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.
 
DocumentID: 3373
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "national dog day", patients, "shannon kopp"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/How-Emotional-Support-Dogs-Can-Support-Our-Mental-Health-–-Shannon-Kopp
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!
DocumentID: 3372
DocumentTags: alumni, "dr linda steiner", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/doctors-with-mental-illness-eating-disorders-Dr-Linda-Steiner
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! 
DocumentID: 3075
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rae thomas"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/eating-disorders-in-college
Tags: alumni  families  patients  rae thomas  
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! 
DocumentID: 2929
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jennilyn harvey", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/parents-of-teens-in-recovery
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: 
DocumentID: 2900
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.
DocumentID: 2435
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "kelli evans", "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kelli-E
June 19, 2018
Dear Boy in the Closet, I want to first begin by saying that I love you and that today I am so grateful. You are the part of my life I cannot imagine living without. Thank you for never giving up on me and for patiently waiting for me to open the door so we could play once again. 
DocumentID: 2747
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "eric dorsa", families, lgbtq, males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Eric-s-Story
June 14, 2018
My eating disorder robbed many summer memories from me, but recovery has allowed me to create many more. Recovery is not perfect, and, honestly, every single day is not going to be good, but my days in recovery are definitely brighter and more fulfilling than any day in the eating disorder.
 
DocumentID: 2711
DocumentTags: alumni, patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/5-Ways-to-Focus-on-Recovery-in-the-Summer-Months
June 14, 2018
Family therapy isn’t easy, but when a family is committed to doing the work of therapy — and when family members can start to solve problems together in a collaborative and compassionate way — patients are able to move more effectively towards recovery. 
DocumentID: 2710
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/What-is-Family-Therapy-for-Eating-Disorder-Treatment-Dr-Allison-Chase
June 12, 2018
I used to dream about killing myself at night. I would think about it all day and pray that I would fall into a deep slumber to escape my own brain, only to find those thoughts haunting me in my dreams. I would be hospitalized for this multiple times over a span of several years, and yet I still wasn’t sure if people believed me. I wasn’t sure if I believed myself.
DocumentID: 2709
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", "nicole griswold", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/having-the-courage-to-talk-about-suicide-Nicole-Griswold
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