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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.


February 01, 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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January 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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2019/Treatment-Resistance-Helping-a-Child-with-an-Eating-Disorder-–-Sunnie-Gruwell
December 27, 2018
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2018/10-Ways-to-Help-a-Loved-One-with-Binge-Eating-Disorder-–-Laura-Lange
December 05, 2018
So many years in the making — years of hovering from a distance, allowing you the space to find your way. Silently rejoicing as I saw you re-emerge from your illness. Each year getting better than the one before. And now, to hear you say the words you knew I needed to hear. I will carry it with me always. 
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, "child & adolescent", families, "my recovery letter"
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November 19, 2018
Those that go on to live lives worth living have done it on their own terms — not terms dictated by society or others about what they should look like and how their lives should be. 
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DocumentTags: #myrecoveryletter, alumni, "dr ovidio bermudez", families, "my recovery letter", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/To-All-Who-Have-Struggled-With-an-Eating-Disorder-Dr-Ovidio-Bermudez
November 01, 2018
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"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/November-2018/Eating-Disorder-Recovery-challenges-mental-health-stigma
October 10, 2018
If a friend or family member discloses thoughts of suicide to you, we want you to know that you are not alone, and neither is the person you love. Many resources can assist you both in getting the help you need.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "eden newmark", families, "insight behavioral health centers", patients, suicide, "world mental health day"
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October 03, 2018
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/October-2018/Eating-Disorder-Relapse-is-Common;-How-to-Help-Your-Loved-One-Through-it-Dr-Angela-Derrick
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? 
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DocumentTags: "child & adolescent", families, "health risks", "katie bendel", "national suicide prevention week", suicide
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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.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "back to school", "child & adolescent", "dr casey tallent", families, patients, treatment
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