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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.


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 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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December 14, 2017
Recovery has not been an easy journey for me, and this year I realize that I no longer take care of myself because I have to. I take care of myself because I want to. It’s now a privilege for me. More than ever, I want everything in my life to be meaningful. To understand why this is profound, you have to know where I’ve come from.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "kelli evans", patients, "recovery ambassador"
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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
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November 30, 2017
The holiday season can be a particularly challenging time of year for individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and other types of mental health disorders. The festivities surrounding most holidays can feel overwhelming, regardless of one’s stage in the recovery or treatment process. How can patients, families and professionals protect recovery during the holidays?
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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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November 22, 2017
The winter holidays, for many of us who have struggled with eating disorders, can be really hard. Images of joyous wondrous celebrations are dimmed by our reality. Interacting with relatives, dealing with the overload of parties and activities and spending so much money can be overwhelming — not to mention that these are all food-focused holidays. In my binge eating disorder recovery, one of the greatest things I learned was, just like a holiday wish list, this:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", causes, "compulsive overeating", families, "kara richardson whitely", patients
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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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