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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.


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"
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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
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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 29, 2017
When I was in treatment at Eating Recovery Center, Washington, my therapist had me write a goodbye poem to my Eating Disorder. Here’s what I wrote:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, foundation, patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
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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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