Do you think you have an eating disorder? Take the quiz.
Talk to a Masters-Level Clinician 1-877-825-8584Available Hours

Blog & Articles

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 12, 2017
We are hearing from members of our community that they will be watching the film To the Bone, even though they tell us that they know deep down inside that they “shouldn’t watch it.” If you do choose to watch the film, we recommend that you mindfully watch this film with someone who is a healthy support person for you. Be a critical consumer. Consider these questions as you watch:
DocumentID: 2117
DocumentTags: "dr ashley solomon", "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", "erc chicago il", "erc cincinnati oh", relapse, "to the bone", triggers
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/July-2017/Should-You-Watch-To-the-Bone-on-Netflix
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
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/July-2017/How-Music-Helps-Us-Heal-–-Jenni-Schaefer-and-Kathryn-Bruno
June 28, 2017
Find your song. Find your anthem. Find the lyrics that capture your sorrow, your anxiety, your rage. Put the song that encapsulates you on repeat. Play it over and over so many times until you almost can’t stand it. Play it until it morphs into a story. Your story. Your truth. 
DocumentID: 2066
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jen lombardi", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/June-2017/The-Power-of-Music-In-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Jen-Lombardi
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 18, 2017
We are saddened that the world has lost musician Chris Cornell to depression and suicide. He will be forever remembered for his haunting lyrics and voice that so many of us connected with.
DocumentID: 2019
DocumentTags: alumni, "chris cornell", "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, suicide
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/How-Do-We-Make-Sense-of-Chris-Cornell’s-Death
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
May 12, 2017
I could easily let my son’s eating disorder consume me (pardon the pun). I could easily let it define me. However, I refuse to give it that much power. Yes, my son’s eating disorder is forever a part of the fabric of my motherhood. But, I can control how I manage my thoughts and feelings. For me, I do this through making the conscious decision to live a life of gratitude.
 
DocumentID: 2016
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/A-Message-to-Mothers-of-Children-with-Eating-Disorders
May 09, 2017
Last week we celebrated Eating Recovery Day with the theme “#DontMissIt.” Our goal was to come together as a community to talk about eating disorders in as many ways and places as we could. We are overwhelmed by your support and commitment to increasing awareness and removing the stigma about eating disorders. Today, we would like to showcase just some of your truly inspiring contributions to Eating Recovery Day 2017.
DocumentID: 2015
DocumentTags: "eating recovery day 2017", events, families, patients, professionals, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/Eating-Recovery-Day-2017-Don’t-Miss-Our-Letter-of-Thanks-to-You
May 01, 2017
Krista Erickson shares a centering, calming and grounding meditation today for #SelfCareSaturday. Take ten minutes out of your day today to tune inward and tune out anything is causing you stress. Relax and enjoy.
DocumentID: 2011
DocumentTags: #selfcaresaturday, alumni, "krista erickson", meditation, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/May-2017/This-Awareness-Meditation-Can-Help-You-Relax-in-Recovery
April 27, 2017
I was the only male in my treatment center and yet I felt like we were all speaking the same language. In treatment, I learned that I was not alone and that recovery was possible — though it would be a few more years before I fully started to embrace recovery.
DocumentID: 2008
DocumentTags: #communityconnection, alumni, "eric dorsa", families, males, patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2017/eating-recovery-day-eric-dorsa
chat with us

Eating Recovery Center is accredited through the Joint Commission. This organization seeks to enhance the lives of the persons served in healthcare settings through a consultative accreditation process emphasizing quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.

Organizations that earn the Gold Seal of Approval™ have met or exceeded The Joint Commission’s rigorous performance standards to obtain this distinctive and internationally recognized accreditation. Learn more about this accreditation here.

Joint Commission Seal