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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 14, 2020
Thirty years ago, mental health wasn’t as prominent as it is now, therefore I’m not sure my family even knew how much I was suffering. Years later, many medications and treatments tried, I can say there were times I didn’t think I would come out of an OCD episode. However, exposure therapy and facing my fears has been the most helpful to me, but also knowing that it is not going to be comfortable while you confront them.
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DocumentTags: "julie bishop", OCD, "OCD therapy"
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Tags: julie bishop  ocd  OCD therapy  
March 18, 2020
With more and more people staying indoors and “social distancing” themselves from others, we’re talking about one important aspect of being quarantined: self-care. This might seem minor, but as the days continue where we are being encouraged to stay in our homes, self-care will be more vital now than ever before.
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DocumentTags: coronavirus, "covid 19", resources, "self care"
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January 14, 2020
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
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January 14, 2020
How did I get to the point where I could brush off her comment without spiraling back into my eating disorder? I did not suddenly wake up one morning — fully recovered — thinking, “You know what? I really love and admire everything about my body today.” Recovery has been a gradual, ongoing process — as I practice accepting my body and appreciating its aesthetics and function. I know I’m not alone in having to learn how to accept and appreciate my body. Here are some suggestions for you to consider that may help you learn to love and accept your body, too:
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, patients, "rachel king"
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Tags: alumni  families  patients  rachel king  
January 10, 2020
Strengthening our relationships with our bodies is a long and challenging process. However, with commitment, perseverance, strength, hope, and support, we can learn to develop a healthy and loving body image. Thankfully, there are many ways to do this:
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DocumentTags: #therapythursday, alumni, families, patients, professionals
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2020/loving-our-bodies
December 30, 2019
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", patients, "robyn cruze"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2019/ReSOULutions-not-resolutions
Tags: alumni  families  new year  patients  robyn cruze  
December 30, 2019
Americans’ top New Year’s resolutions are often to become more physically fit and lose weight. Because dieting and over-exercising are two activities that commonly contribute to the development of eating disorders, we caution against diving headfirst into a resolution focused on reducing body size, particularly if you have a family history of eating disorders.
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DocumentTags: alumni, "bonnie brennan", "erc denver co", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2019/new-year-resolutions
December 30, 2019
Before you launch into your New Year's Resolutions, take a minute to bring yourself into the moment, find your breath. Once you feel calm and your breathing is even, begin by asking yourself these three simple questions...
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DocumentTags: alumni, families, "new year", patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/December-2019/relaxing-new-year
Tags: alumni  families  new year  patients  
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/smartphones-and-mental-health
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
NodeAliasPath: /blog/how-to-talk-about-suicide
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