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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.


April 20, 2018
Dear Daughter, You are a light to all you meet and a beacon of hope and happiness in this world. Thank you for being you. Because being you is more than enough.
  
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
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April 19, 2018
“I’m not eating dinner because I don’t want to get fat,” my 7-year old daughter said, sucking in her stomach. I was really sad when I heard these words, but, the more I thought about it, I don’t know if I was really that surprised. While we can't prevent all eating disorders and mental health issues in our kids, we can be mindful of what we say and do. ERC experts weigh in.
 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families
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April 06, 2018
In the aftermath of the latest school shootings, the safety of our children and the safety of the school environment is on everyone’s mind. If your teen seems to be impacted by a trauma, there are a number of things that you, as a parent, can do to promote a sense of safety, stability, calm, control, and support. Traumatic events are devastating, and more than half of all people will live through a trauma in their lifetime. Thankfully, help is available and there are steps we can take to support our children and ourselves.
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "insight bhc", "post traumatic stress disorder", ptsd
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/How-to-Talk-to-Your-Teen-About-Traumatic-Events-Dr-Angela-Derrick
March 21, 2018
Recovery wouldn’t have been recovery without tears, breakdowns, anxiety or depression. But, recovery was so worth it. Recovery gave me something my eating disorder could never give me: true happiness. The idea of “not being sick enough” to have an eating disorder or of not being worthy of recovery could not be more ludicrous. Everyone is worthy of recovery and there are no requirements to pursue recovery.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "alyssa gutierrez", "child & adolescent", families, patients
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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.
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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
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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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"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Stop-Suffering-in-Silence-5-Ways-to-Help-Your-Teen-Manage-Severe-Anxiety-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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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October 26, 2017
Whether it was triggered by genetics, environmental factors, an increase in running — or a combination of all three — remains unknown. What was known is that, somewhere along the way, my daughter’s running transformed into something much more intense than a fun extracurricular activity. As her eating disorder progressed, it slowly crept into every facet of her life. Over time, almost all of her thoughts and actions were tainted — and driven — by anorexia. Along with her severe food restriction came an increasing, insatiable need to exercise — to move and burn calories in any way possible. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "child & adolescent", "compulsive exercise", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/When-Recovery-Makes-You-Change-Your-Life’s-Path-A-Mother’s-Perspective-–-Sunnie-Gruwell
October 05, 2017
You are logged onto your social media page when all of a sudden, “ding!” you get a notification that you have been tagged in a photo. You brace yourself. And then, a (what you consider bad) photo of yourself pops up — one you didn’t even know existed. Cringe. Now, here's what you can do:
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "child & adolescent", "jenni schaefer", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/October-2017/Why-I-Never-De-Tag-Myself-from-Bad-Photos-Jenni-Schaefer
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