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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 28, 2017
I recently read a People magazine article featuring Sheryl Sandberg that said: “Grief is a crash course in perspective.” Out of all the “cliché” grief quotes that have been thrown my way, this is the one that resonates the most. Perspective is everything to me now.
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August 24, 2017
I remember sitting in my goodbye group, listening to these amazing men and women tell me how I was going to be so successful and happy. Yet, there was this panicked voice in the back of my head saying, “You're WRONG! I can’t!”
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DocumentTags: alumni, bulimia, patients, prognosis, testimonials, "treatment results"
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August 23, 2017
Many patients complain about difficulty controlling their eating behaviors at night. They describe feeling small urges to eat during the day and then constant urges to eat between dinner and bedtime. If you are in the habit of binge eating at night, you can reduce this tendency. Dr. Friedman suggests that you integrate these tips into your routine: 
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August 11, 2017
Over a recent weekend, I was hit hard by a bout of depression. Depression can be a great (though very difficult) learning experience. I feel grateful for it already because it taught me so much. I now know that I can begin to take better care of myself during this period of change. Here's what I learned:
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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:
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DocumentTags: "dr ashley solomon", "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", "erc chicago il", "erc cincinnati oh", relapse, "to the bone", triggers
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jenni schaefer", "kathryn bruno", "music therapy", patients, treatment
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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. 
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, anxiety, "mood and anxiety disorders", "panic attacks", patients, "prince harry", "symptoms & signs"
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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.
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, depression, families, instagram, "mental health", patients, "troian bellisario"
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