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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.

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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February 26, 2018
Before the 1970s and 1980s, little was known about eating disorders. Eating disorders were present, of course, but they were not identified as such or treated appropriately. Eating Recovery Center’s Dr. Emmett Bishop shares a brief history of how far the field of eating disorder treatment has come, how therapy for eating disorders has evolved — and where the field is going:
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DocumentTags: anorexia, bulimia, "dr emmett bishop", events, "national eating disorder awareness week", results, treatment
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February 24, 2018
I’ll never forget the hard work that early recovery entails. I’m talking the just-out-of-treatment recovery stage. The holy-crap-how-am-I-going-to-do-this recovery stage. Trying to implement all of the helpful things I learned in treatment was exhausting and sometimes seemed like an exercise in futility. Here are three of the things I did to ensure I could stay in recovery in the early stages of being home from treatment:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc bellevue wa", families, "megan cuilla", "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, treatment
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February 24, 2018
Claiming that I had an illness and being a part of the solution could only be achieved when I accepted myself and everything I was struggling with — including substance abuse. When I claimed my realness — all of it — I claimed myself.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "robyn cruze", treatment
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February 08, 2018
Have you heard of the theory of the suffering of the “overcontrolled” individual? Overcontrolled individuals tend to be perfectionists who live most of their life in a state of high threat (rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and quick breathing rate). Radically Open DBT addresses three different areas that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a richer and more rewarding emotional life. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", patients, professionals, "radically open dialectical behavior therapy", treatment
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January 18, 2018
We are almost two years out of treatment now, and are still walking the road to recovery. But now we have hope. And we know we aren’t walking alone. We are also filled with gratitude for the friendships formed during our treatment days, and in the months since. We have worked with and have met some amazing people with whom we have found both empathy and understanding. 
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DocumentTags: "anorexia nervosa", "child & adolescent", families, "sunnie gruwell", treatment
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November 30, 2017
Music therapist Haleigh Beaird shares how music therapy supports recovery from eating disorders and other mental illnesses. Plus, Haleigh shares a special holiday recovery playlist to help you reduce stress during this busy time of the year. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "erc dallas tx", families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/How-Music-Therapy-Supports-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-and-Mental-Health-Treatment-–-Haleigh-Beaird
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 22, 2017
Eating disorders are the number one deadliest mental illness, and they needed to be treated as such. The main lesson we learned that holiday season was to put recovery first, and foremost — above all else. This tough, but priceless lesson has made recovery a reality in our lives, and has allowed us to enjoy many happy holidays ever since.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, patients, "recovery ambassador", "sunni gruwell", treatment, "what to expect"
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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
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/November-2017/Reasons-to-Consider-Entering-Treatment-During-the-Holidays-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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