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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.


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
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.  
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DocumentTags: anorexia, causes, "ellie pike", families, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Anorexia-What-is-it-Ellie-Pike
June 12, 2018
I used to dream about killing myself at night. I would think about it all day and pray that I would fall into a deep slumber to escape my own brain, only to find those thoughts haunting me in my dreams. I would be hospitalized for this multiple times over a span of several years, and yet I still wasn’t sure if people believed me. I wasn’t sure if I believed myself.
DocumentID: 2709
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", "nicole griswold", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/having-the-courage-to-talk-about-suicide-Nicole-Griswold
February 16, 2018
Mount St. Joseph University senior and voice major Maria Bruce has decided to take action. She has organized a Carpenters Anniversary/Tribute Concert to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Maria hopes that the concert will both pay tribute to Karen Carpenter and raise awareness of how eating disorders are still taking lives every day. We talked to Ms. Bruce about the tribute concert and this is what she shared with us.
DocumentID: 2293
DocumentTags: anorexia, "carpenters anniversary tribute concert", events, foundation, "health risks", "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let-s-Get-Real-About-Anorexia-The-Deadliest-Mental-Illness
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. 
DocumentID: 2233
DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, foundation, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2017/Slow-Suicide-Katie-J-DeVries
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.
DocumentID: 2227
DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "health risks", "insight behavioral health center", professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2017/Reasons-to-Consider-Entering-Treatment-During-the-Holidays-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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. 
DocumentID: 2153
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", males, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2017/How-I-Found-Life-After-Death
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:
DocumentID: 2023
DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "dr ralph carson", "erc chicago il", "health risks", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/May-2017/Ten-Ways-to-Sleep-Better-and-Feel-Better-in-Recovery-dr-Ralph-Carson
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.
DocumentID: 2019
DocumentTags: alumni, "chris cornell", "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, suicide
NodeAliasPath: /blog/May-2017/How-Do-We-Make-Sense-of-Chris-Cornell’s-Death
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. 
DocumentID: 1881
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "jenni schaefer", patients, prognosis
NodeAliasPath: /blog/2017/Why-We-Must-Renew-Our-Vows-to-Recovery-Jenni-Sch
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