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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.


November 01, 2018
I want the general public to treat people with mental illness the same as those with a physical disease like cancer or a broken leg. Treat these people with the dignity and respect that they deserve. Show them compassion and understanding. Just like with cancer or heart disease, you never know when mental illness will strike you or your family. 
DocumentID: 3459
DocumentTags: alumni, "anorexia nervosa", families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "recovery ambassador"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/Eating-Disorder-Recovery-challenges-mental-health-stigma
October 03, 2018
Loved ones should remember that they can help identify and contain a relapse. Loved ones, as well as the individual themselves, can: 1) Be prepared, 2) Plan ahead with a comprehensive relapse prevention plan, and 3) Identify action steps and self-compassionate self-talk in advance. Recovery is possible.
DocumentID: 3423
DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, relapse, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Eating-Disorder-Relapse-is-Common;-How-to-Help-Your-Loved-One-Through-it-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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.  
DocumentID: 3012
DocumentTags: anorexia, causes, "ellie pike", families, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Anorexia-What-is-it-Ellie-Pike
May 02, 2018
Recovery relies on learning. In order to recover from an eating disorder, we must learn new ways to think, learn new skills and learn new things about ourselves. To integrate this learning, we must be in a state of relative calm. We must also be in good physical health, feel safe and emotionally supported and be able to integrate new skills.
DocumentID: 2469
DocumentTags: alumni, "enola gorham", families, patients, professionals, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/May-2018/three-things-we-need-in-eating-disorder-recovery
April 25, 2018
When I finally committed to my treatment plan — I found recovery— without using alcohol to numb everything (alcohol makes for blurriness). I could fully focus on getting to know myself and what I really wanted in life. I began to deal with all those feelings that I was hiding from — feelings that kept me spinning in the painful cycle of mental illness.
DocumentID: 2440
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, families, patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/recovery-eating-disorder-alcohol-substance-abuse-robyn-cruze
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-Effective-Eating-Disorder-Treatment-Eating-Recovery-Center’s-Dr-Emmett-Bishop
February 26, 2018
Getting Real as a parent of a son with anorexia nervosa began with my accepting that eating disorders were real for males, too. Reflecting back on the first year of my son’s illness, I see an infinite number of missteps. I’d like to share a few of them here in the hopes that perhaps other parents can learn from our mistakes.
DocumentID: 2297
DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "david bachman", events, families, males, "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-Parenting-a-Child-with-an-Eating-Disorder-–-David-Bachman
February 24, 2018
Today’s blog shares history. Since the 1980s, major advances have been made in the field. Now, people recover from eating disorders every day. As we reflect on the history of eating disorder diagnosis and treatment, it’s important to remember just how far the field of eating disorders has come.
DocumentID: 2294
DocumentTags: anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, events, "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-the-History-of-Eating-Disorders
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
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. 
DocumentID: 2277
DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", patients, professionals, "radically open dialectical behavior therapy", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Radically-Open-DBT-A-Therapy-to-Ease-a-Life-of-Control-–-Dr-Ellen-Astrachan-Fletcher
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