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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.


December 05, 2018
So many years in the making — years of hovering from a distance, allowing you the space to find your way. Silently rejoicing as I saw you re-emerge from your illness. Each year getting better than the one before. And now, to hear you say the words you knew I needed to hear. I will carry it with me always. 
DocumentID: 3524
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, "child & adolescent", families, "my recovery letter"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2018/Child-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery
November 19, 2018
Those that go on to live lives worth living have done it on their own terms — not terms dictated by society or others about what they should look like and how their lives should be. 
DocumentID: 3461
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "dr ovidio bermudez", families, "my recovery letter", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/To-All-Who-Have-Struggled-With-an-Eating-Disorder-Dr-Ovidio-Bermudez
November 01, 2018
I want the general public to treat people with mental illness the same as those with a physical disease like cancer or a broken leg. Treat these people with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Show them compassion and understanding. Just like with cancer or heart disease, you never know when mental illness will strike you or your family. 
DocumentID: 3459
DocumentTags: alumni, "anorexia nervosa", families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/Eating-Disorder-Recovery-challenges-mental-health-stigma
October 10, 2018
If a friend or family member discloses thoughts of suicide to you, we want you to know that you are not alone, and neither is the person you love. Many resources can assist you both in getting the help you need.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "eden newmark", families, "insight behavioral health centers", patients, suicide, "world mental health day"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/What-to-Do-When-Someone-You-Love-is-Suicidal-Eden-Newmark
October 03, 2018
Loved ones should remember that they can help identify and contain a relapse. Loved ones, as well as the individual themselves, can: 1) Be prepared, 2) Plan ahead with a comprehensive relapse prevention plan, and 3) Identify action steps and self-compassionate self-talk in advance. Recovery is possible.
DocumentID: 3423
DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, relapse, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Eating-Disorder-Relapse-is-Common;-How-to-Help-Your-Loved-One-Through-it-Dr-Angela-Derrick
September 07, 2018
If a loved one is talking about wanting to die or kill themselves, this should be taken seriously and is a large indicator that it’s time to seek help. Suicide can be a difficult topic to bring up with a friend or family member. We often fear that we will say something upsetting, wrong or inadequate when we know that a loved one is hurting or suffering. Sometimes no action seems like the best course. We wonder - is it better to not say anything at all? 
DocumentID: 3408
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", "katie bendel", "national suicide prevention week", suicide
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Suicide-When-is-it-OK-to-Talk-About-it-Katie-Bendel
August 16, 2018
As a parent, you are celebrating another milestone in your child’s life — the start of another school year. As a parent of a child in recovery, you are likely plagued with many worries about how to best prepare for the new academic year. Here are some tips that may help you get through it.
DocumentID: 3371
DocumentTags: alumni, "back to school", "child & adolescent", "dr casey tallent", families, patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Can-My-Child-Handle-School-in-Recovery-Casey-Tallent
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/August-2018/Back-to-School-Tips-for-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Rae-Thomas
Tags: alumni  families  patients  rae thomas  
July 25, 2018
There are many misconceptions that come with the term “anorexia:” is the eating disorder more about weight, food, body image or fitting in? The truth is that anorexia is a serious mental illness that affects our physical wellness; it is not a personal choice.  
DocumentID: 3012
DocumentTags: anorexia, causes, "ellie pike", families, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Anorexia-What-is-it-Ellie-Pike
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/daughter-recovery-letter-to-mom-and-dad-jennilyn-harvey
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