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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.


September 07, 2018
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? 
DocumentID: 3408
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", "katie bendel", "national suicide prevention week", suicide
NodeAliasPath: /blog/September-2018/Suicide-When-is-it-OK-to-Talk-About-it-Katie-Bendel
August 16, 2018
As a parent, you are celebrating another milestone in your child’s life — the start of another school year. As a parent of a child in recovery, you are likely plagued with many worries about how to best prepare for the new academic year. Here are some tips that may help you get through it.
DocumentID: 3371
DocumentTags: alumni, "back to school", "child & adolescent", "dr casey tallent", families, patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Can-My-Child-Handle-School-in-Recovery-Casey-Tallent
August 01, 2018
Going back to school, moving schools, starting school – it’s all stressful. It’s a messy, exciting, scary, and busy transition, one that can be even more trying for those of us in recovery. Yet, it can also be a time for amazing opportunities and growth. I hope these tips help you manage the back to school struggles. Let this transition be one to push you forward in recovery and in life! 
DocumentID: 3075
DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rae thomas"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/August-2018/Back-to-School-Tips-for-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-Rae-Thomas
Tags: alumni  families  patients  rae thomas  
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
July 19, 2018
To families or caretakers with loved ones struggling, my hope for you is that you learn how best to support your loved one. Don’t stop fighting for your child even when they resist your efforts. Although the process may appear like an uphill battle, full recovery is possible! 
DocumentID: 2929
DocumentTags: alumni, families, "jennilyn harvey", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment, "treatment results"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/daughter-recovery-letter-to-mom-and-dad-jennilyn-harvey
July 19, 2018
It certainly can be challenging to set boundaries — even those that are flexible and fair. To make matters more difficult, your child may not respond well to boundaries of any kind. If your child responds with anger to boundaries you set, try this:
DocumentID: 2987
DocumentTags: alumni, boundaries, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /blog/July-2018/Boundaries-in-Eating-Disorder-Recovery-An-Act-of-Love-Dr-Angela-Derrick
June 29, 2018
You refused to let the eating disorder, which lived between us for so many years, hide the person I really was. I was fragile as I left the eating disorder treatment center, and you were the Rock of our family as I struggled to walk forward in my recovery journey. I know that I would not be able to enjoy the freedom I have today in recovery if you had not been by my side.
DocumentID: 2435
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, families, "kelli evans", "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kelli-E
June 14, 2018
Family therapy isn’t easy, but when a family is committed to doing the work of therapy — and when family members can start to solve problems together in a collaborative and compassionate way — patients are able to move more effectively towards recovery. 
DocumentID: 2710
DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", "dr allison chase", "erc austin tx", families, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/What-is-Family-Therapy-for-Eating-Disorder-Treatment-Dr-Allison-Chase
June 08, 2018
This is your first, full, year of school without a relapse and a return to treatment. I know you tell us how incredible it is to be back at your school, in your life, and living without your eating disorder. Your life is yours; you have it, so hold onto it as you enter the world as an incredible young adult in recovery! 
 
DocumentID: 2689
DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "david bachman", families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/June-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-David-s-Story
May 22, 2018
While other therapies teach you how to challenge your thoughts, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) teaches you how to accept your thoughts (whether they are positive, negative, or even painful), face them directly, and then let go of the struggle to make them “go away.” 
 
DocumentID: 2586
DocumentTags: "acceptance and commitment therapy", alumni, "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", "insight behavioral health center", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/May-2018/ACT-Build-a-Life-Worth-Living-–-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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