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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 16, 2020
A family-based treatment model is such a necessary component to treatment that we require parents (or surrogate others) to participate in our programs. By engaging and supporting families in treatment, we can address family dynamics, communication patterns, stressors within the family and other experiences. 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr susan mcclanahan", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", professionals
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January 14, 2020
As friends and family members, it’s so hard to watch someone suffer. We want our loved ones to be happy. In this blog post, I share a number of in-depth tips to show you how to support someone struggling with binge eating. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", families, "laura lange", patients
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January 10, 2020
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. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "anorexia nervosa", families, "health risks", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, "recovery ambassador"
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December 30, 2019
The start of a new year offers us an opportunity to think about plans for the future, goals, hopes and dreams. It is a great time to be working on recovery.
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DocumentTags: families, foundation, "new year", patients, treatment
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December 16, 2019
Battling an eating disorder during the holiday season is nothing short of an absolute beast. It’s a battle where minutes feel like hours, where your mind is consumed around the thought of food, and, for some reason, a time where you feel like you can’t reach out to others. Instead of blogging about tips for my warriors, I want to talk to the family and friends of those who know of someone battling an eating disorder.
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DocumentTags: "emily fincher", "erc graduate", "family and friends", holidays, recovery, tips
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November 28, 2019
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.  
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DocumentTags: anorexia, causes, "ellie pike", families, "health risks", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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November 28, 2019
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.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, relapse, treatment
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November 28, 2019
How many of us actually pick up our mobile phones seeking connection? And how many of us feel highly disconnected, discouraged, or even depressed afterwards? Glamourous pictures of celebrities, photos from a party we weren’t invited to, or reading about aggravated political situations can certainly make us feel bad — especially if we are exposed to this content when we are already feeling down. I am not advocating avoidance of Internet and social media. It’s how you relate to it that matters.
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DocumentTags: alumni, causes, "dr angela derrick", families, "insight behavioral health centers", patients
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November 28, 2019
If a loved one is talking about wanting to die or kill themselves, this should be taken seriously and is a large indicator that it’s time to seek help. Suicide can be a difficult topic to bring up with a friend or family member. We often fear that we will say something upsetting, wrong or inadequate when we know that a loved one is hurting or suffering. Sometimes no action seems like the best course. We wonder - is it better to not say anything at all? 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", "katie bendel", "national suicide prevention week", suicide
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November 25, 2019
Recently I had the opportunity to speak with a few parents of kids who are struggling with eating disorders; there was a common thread in our discussion: treatment resistance. These parents were dealing with family members who were digging in their heels and putting up a fight about getting help. Your child may fight you now, but hopefully one day they will thank you for doing the hard things, setting firm boundaries, and drawing the lines that saved them and set them free.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "child & adolescent", families, "recovery ambassador", "sunnie gruwell", treatment
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