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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.


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.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, relapse, treatment
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July 19, 2018
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
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May 22, 2018
While other therapies teach you how to challenge your thoughts, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches you how to accept your thoughts (whether they are positive, negative, or even painful), face them directly, and then let go of the struggle to make them “go away.” 
 
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DocumentTags: "acceptance and commitment therapy", alumni, "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", "insight behavioral health center", patients, treatment
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April 06, 2018
In the aftermath of the latest school shootings, the safety of our children and the safety of the school environment is on everyone’s mind. If your teen seems to be impacted by a trauma, there are a number of things that you, as a parent, can do to promote a sense of safety, stability, calm, control, and support. Traumatic events are devastating, and more than half of all people will live through a trauma in their lifetime. Thankfully, help is available and there are steps we can take to support our children and ourselves.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "insight bhc", "post traumatic stress disorder", ptsd
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January 18, 2018
Although mothers spend more time with their kids these days, they feel they are doing a worse job of parenting than previous generations of mothers. They look to others for validation — is it okay that I am supplementing with formula? Does it make me a bad mom if I can’t produce enough milk to feed my child? — and instead find more reasons to be anxious.
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DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", perfectionism, "symptoms & signs"
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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"
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November 20, 2017
If you put yourself in the shoes of the person impacted by the eating disorder, you may feel more empathy for just how difficult the holidays can be. Individuals with eating disorders aren’t just not enjoying the holidays; often, they are just hoping to survive them. When you understand how painful this can be, it makes sense to seek treatment sooner than later.
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DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "health risks", "insight behavioral health center", professionals, treatment
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