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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.


November 29, 2017
I wrote this poem when I realized what the eating disorder was doing to me — and what it had taken from me — even though I still felt so "attracted" to it at times. The eating disorder was taking my life from me and I am no longer going to allow that to happen. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, foundation, "health risks", patients, "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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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
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July 26, 2017
A new diet trend, the lectin-free diet, has been growing in popularity lately. This fad diet, contrary to what some diet gurus are saying, is not based on good science. Dr. Ralph Carson explains the facts.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr ralph carson", families, "health risks", patients, professionals
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May 24, 2017
In our clinic, those who seek help for binge eating disorder (BED), night eating syndrome (NES), and loss of control eating (LOC) tend to skip meals, eat light during some meals and heavy during others, graze one day and eat a lot of food the next. This random timing of meals can make binge eating and associated problems worse. Here’s how:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", "health risks", patients, treatment
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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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DocumentTags: alumni, "chris cornell", "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, suicide
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January 03, 2017
The loss of my friend Jenn is the harshest reminder of why we do what we do. The healing journey is long and arduous, no doubt, but we must have hope and keep moving along because people can and do fully recover. As we begin a new year, consider how you might strengthen and revitalize your fight. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "jenni schaefer", patients, prognosis
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November 28, 2016

Individuals struggling with eating disorders can present as unmotivated, resistant and willful when confronted with the recommendation to enter a higher level of eating disorder care (partial hospitalization and above). This ambivalence may be heightened during the holiday season. Here's why.

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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, families, "health risks", "jeana cost", patients, professionals, treatment
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November 08, 2016
Suicide may feel “silent” to those who commit it, but it screams within the hearts of the ones left behind. Silence, I am learning, is the sound of leaving the tribe — it is the hush of isolation.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, professionals, "robyn cruze"
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October 20, 2016
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DocumentTags: families, "health risks", lgbtq, males, patients, suicide
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