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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 26, 2018
Getting Real as a parent of a son with anorexia nervosa began with my accepting that eating disorders were real for males, too. Reflecting back on the first year of my son’s illness, I see an infinite number of missteps. I’d like to share a few of them here in the hopes that perhaps other parents can learn from our mistakes.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "david bachman", events, families, males, "national eating disorder awareness week"
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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
November 22, 2017
Eating disorders are the number one deadliest mental illness, and they needed to be treated as such. The main lesson we learned that holiday season was to put recovery first, and foremost — above all else. This tough, but priceless lesson has made recovery a reality in our lives, and has allowed us to enjoy many happy holidays ever since.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "sunni gruwell", treatment, "what to expect"
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October 26, 2017
Whether it was triggered by genetics, environmental factors, an increase in running — or a combination of all three — remains unknown. What was known is that, somewhere along the way, my daughter’s running transformed into something much more intense than a fun extracurricular activity. As her eating disorder progressed, it slowly crept into every facet of her life. Over time, almost all of her thoughts and actions were tainted — and driven — by anorexia. Along with her severe food restriction came an increasing, insatiable need to exercise — to move and burn calories in any way possible. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", "compulsive exercise", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/When-Recovery-Makes-You-Change-Your-Life’s-Path-A-Mother’s-Perspective-–-Sunnie-Gruwell
October 18, 2017
The Body Project has been found to reduce the onset of eating disorders and touts very strong effects at reducing body dissatisfaction. The program also is decreasing eating disorder risk factors. The Body Project is a body-acceptance program supported by more research than any other body image program. Here's what faculty, staff and students have to say about their experience:
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DocumentTags: "body dysmorphia disorder", "child & adolescent", "eating recovery foundation", families, foundation, professionals, "the body project"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Increase-Body-Acceptance-with-the-Body-Project-and-Eating-Recovery-Foundation
October 05, 2017
You are logged onto your social media page when all of a sudden, “ding!” you get a notification that you have been tagged in a photo. You brace yourself. And then, a (what you consider bad) photo of yourself pops up — one you didn’t even know existed. Cringe. Now, here's what you can do:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "child & adolescent", "jenni schaefer", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Why-I-Never-De-Tag-Myself-from-Bad-Photos-Jenni-Schaefer
September 07, 2017
The diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) was not new to our family. OCD was something we were familiar with, but our knowledge on how to recognize and fight it was minimal. No parent wants to see their child struggling. And here we had to stand by and watch our daughter struggle with not one, but two, serious mental illnesses. 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "erc denver co", families, ocd, prognosis, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/Parenting-a-Child-with-OCD
September 07, 2017
My son died by suicide after a two-year battle with anorexia on November 20th, 2015. Thankfully, though, in that first year after losing Justin, there were times where I could start seeing light again. As much as I miss my beautiful little boy, his spirit is always with me. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/September-2017/How-I-Found-Life-After-Death
August 10, 2017
“Will recovery be possible? How long will it take? Am I saying the right things to my child?” Many parents and caregivers feel in the dark about how to help their loved one heal and wonder if the kind of support they are providing is in fact “the right” kind of support. You can do this. In fact, no one is more capable than you.
DocumentID: 2142
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "courtney morton", "emotionally focused family therapy", "erc austin tx", families, professionals, treatment
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