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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 20, 2018
We rise and set together each day. Sometimes if I’m awake in the early morning hours and worried about something with a quiet cup of coffee, I see you climb over the horizon. Then I know I can too. Even now, as I deal with life without binging, you are there, a reminder to rise each day no matter what comes.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "my recovery letter", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/My-Recovery-Letter-Kara
April 12, 2018
Many of my patients have found it useful to identify their own binge triggers or “cues” that can leave them vulnerable to having an urge to binge. Figuring out how and why you binge can help you and your clinical team develop more individualized strategies around food and your feelings in order to safeguard against those urges in the future. Do any of these sound like your typical binge types? 
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "erc chicago il", "jean curran", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/April-2018/What-Type-of-Binge-Eater-Are-You-Jean-Curran
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.
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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 29, 2018
Songwriting is such a powerful tool because it allows for expression and creativity. Most people think that it is harder than it actually is, but the wonderful thing about songwriting is… there are NO rules! It is your chance to create whatever you want and to write down feelings you may be going through. I encourage you all to individually, or with a peer, try writing a song. Here are some prompts to help you come up with your own songwriting ideas:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "haleigh beaird", "music therapy", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/The-Power-of-Song-Writing-in-Therapy-Haleigh-Beaird
March 21, 2018
Dietitian Jean Curran shares six strategies to help you overcome binge eating and compulsive eating habits. Recovery is a process, and while you can rest assured it won’t be perfect, there is always progress to celebrate. Remember: recovery is possible!
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", "jean curran", patients, treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/6-Ways-to-Go-Further-in-Binge-Eating-Recovery-–-Jean-Curran
March 15, 2018
Most of us start out with a strong, intuitive sense of our bodies' physiological needs; our bodies give us signals of hunger and fullness, and we start or stop eating accordingly. For many of us, though, the hungry/full signal-response pattern is more complicated. And, if we have a history of disordered eating behaviors, like restricting our food or binge eating, our ability to detect and respond to our body’s cues can really suffer.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", patients, "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/I-Can’t-Tell-When-I’m-Full”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
March 09, 2018
Thankfully, there are steps we can take each day to help us strengthen our own self-compassion. You can start a self-compassion practice by taking just a few minutes each day to show some kindness to yourself. Here’s how:
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DocumentTags: alumni, "dr andi stone", "erc chicago il", families, "insight behavioral health centers", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/March-2018/Self-Compassion-Why-it-s-Important-and-How-to-practice-Andi-Stone
February 26, 2018
Binge eating disorder is both under-diagnosed and yet the most prevalent eating disorder. In fact, there are 2.5 times more people with binge eating disorder than with anorexia and bulimia combined. When we are willing to acknowledge that binge eating disorder is a real illness, we can also be willing to do the work necessary to beat it — and, thankfully, there are resources in place to help us do the work.
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DocumentTags: "binge eating disorder", events, "kara richardson whitely", "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "symptoms & signs", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-Binge-Eating-Disorder-is-a-Real-Eating-Disorder-—-Kara-Richardson-Whitely
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
January 02, 2018
I realized that I had been putting off my own passion and joy because I’m too busy tending to the outside stuff — you know, all the stuff that grabs us with urgency. It’s easy to fall into this trap believing that if we can just complete all this stuff, then life will feel more in control, freer and joyful.
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "new year resolutions", patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /Blog/January-2018/Why-We-Need-ReSOULutions,-not-Resolutions-–-Robyn-Cruze
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