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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.


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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", "nicole griswold", patients, "recovery ambassador"
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March 09, 2018
Thankfully, there are steps we can take each day to help us strengthen our own self-compassion. You can start a self-compassion practice by taking just a few minutes each day to show some kindness to yourself. Here’s how:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr andi stone", "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health centers", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
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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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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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February 15, 2017
We all need skills to harness anxiety, manage fear, and gain control in what feels like an out of control situation. It’s important to learn and practice these skills to reduce the risk of burnout, harmful levels of stress that reduce the effectiveness of our immune system, disrupted sleep, and a higher susceptibility to depression.
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, alumni, dbt, "erc chicago il", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
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February 10, 2017
Making up worst-case scenarios in my head was once a common theme. It was how I woke up every morning. Daily, I’d walk around with panic as my constant companion; a sense of doom dictated my every move. Now, I can fact-check all situations, reducing lingering anxiety.
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DocumentTags: #recoverywednesday, alumni, "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "robyn cruze", "symptoms & signs", 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 07, 2016
It took a long time for me to break through my denial — and it sure didn’t help when so-called experts missed and dismissed both of my problems — but I now know that I was struggling, first with an eating disorder, and later, with PTSD. No one should have to suffer with any mental illness for as long as I did without help. 
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DocumentTags: "facts & statistics", families, "jenni schaefer", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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September 29, 2016

Despite the prevalence of mental illness, there are still so many misconceptions about what it means to live with one. So, today, I’ll break down four myths about mental illness to highlight how important it is that we talk about these issues.  I also want to highlight these myths about mental illness to ensure that we, and our loved ones, are getting help if we need it.

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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, "erc denver co", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
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