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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 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"
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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.
  
DocumentID: 2431
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Sunnie
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.
 
DocumentID: 2422
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/Imagine-Reducing-the-Risk-of-Eating-Disorders-in-Kids
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.
DocumentID: 2387
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.
DocumentID: 2313
DocumentTags: alumni, "alyssa gutierrez", "child & adolescent", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/Finding-Myself-Beyond-the-Northern-Lights
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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.
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
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. 
 
 
DocumentID: 2261
DocumentTags: "anorexia nervosa", "child & adolescent", families, "sunnie gruwell", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Parenting-Teens-with-Eating-Disorders-Strength-in-Connections-Sunnie-Gruwell
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.
DocumentID: 2260
DocumentTags: "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", perfectionism, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Is-Perfectionism-Rising-in-Today’s-Moms-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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