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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 10, 2018
When our hearts start doing funny things, it can feel scary and may even cause panic. We may fear a heart attack or that we have heart problems. More often than not, when heart palpitations or a “racing heart” are caused by stress or anxiety, they are harmless. Should you be concerned when your heart is racing? 
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DocumentTags: "insight behavioral health centers", "lara schuster effland", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", "world mental health day"
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October 10, 2018
Our minds think countless thoughts per day — but not every thought has meaning. Some thoughts focus on future tasks, some focus on worries or regrets, and some are just strange and random. When strange and random thoughts are upsetting or distressing, we may wonder if these thoughts are signaling our secret desires. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr aimee keith", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "symptoms & signs", "world mental health day"
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September 26, 2018
If you’ve had moments of binge eating after following a “clean” eating diet, you may not be bingeing despite your food rules and nutrition knowledge; you may actually be bingeing because of the strict diet that you’re trying so hard to follow. Here's why.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", causes, "jean curran", orthorexia, patients, "symptoms & signs"
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August 31, 2018
Why do people binge when they feel shame? Because shame feels terrible! Shame is sometimes described as a “punch in the gut” or a heart-wrenching feeling — and bingeing works to temporarily take away these negative feelings. Early childhood memories of feeling shamed about the way your body looks or your relationship to food can trigger ongoing shame in adulthood. This could perhaps also lead to eating disorder behaviors. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", families, "laura lange", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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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"
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July 19, 2018
To families or caretakers with loved ones struggling, my hope for you is that you learn how best to support your loved one. Don’t stop fighting for your child even when they resist your efforts. Although the process may appear like an uphill battle, full recovery is possible! 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jennilyn harvey", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment, "treatment results"
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July 04, 2018
What can we do when we feel shame? I suggest practicing self-compassion. Being self-compassionate means that you are aware of your own (and others’) suffering, that you show yourself kindness, and that you are working towards alleviating pain and suffering. While there are a number of ways to practice self-compassion, researchers Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Christopher Germer have proposed five self-compassion practices for individuals with eating disorders: 
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "melissa oneill", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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April 12, 2018
Many of my patients have found it useful to identify their own binge triggers or “cues” that can leave them vulnerable to having an urge to binge. Figuring out how and why you binge can help you and your clinical team develop more individualized strategies around food and your feelings in order to safeguard against those urges in the future. Do any of these sound like your typical binge types? 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "jean curran", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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March 15, 2018
Most of us start out with a strong, intuitive sense of our bodies' physiological needs; our bodies give us signals of hunger and fullness, and we start or stop eating accordingly. For many of us, though, the hungry/full signal-response pattern is more complicated. And, if we have a history of disordered eating behaviors, like restricting our food or binge eating, our ability to detect and respond to our body’s cues can really suffer.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/March-2018/I-Can’t-Tell-When-I’m-Full”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
February 26, 2018
Binge eating disorder is both under-diagnosed and yet the most prevalent eating disorder. In fact, there are 2.5 times more people with binge eating disorder than with anorexia and bulimia combined. When we are willing to acknowledge that binge eating disorder is a real illness, we can also be willing to do the work necessary to beat it — and, thankfully, there are resources in place to help us do the work.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", events, "kara richardson whitely", "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-Binge-Eating-Disorder-is-a-Real-Eating-Disorder-—-Kara-Richardson-Whitely
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