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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.


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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December 12, 2019
The most feared and potentially deadly complication of the refeeding process of malnourished patients is the refeeding syndrome. Refeeding syndrome occurs when patients that have been nutritionally depleted begin to eat and metabolize calories. These patients have either lost 10% of their body weight the last three months or have had no nutritional intake for 10 days.
 
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DocumentTags: "delia aldridge", "dr delia aldridge", inpatient, refeeding, "refeeding syndrome"
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December 12, 2019
We see the bold print of “diet talk,” and we hear the loudness of what seems to pressure people into thinking about dieting. All of that “loudness” may not affect everyone, but yet it seems to plant a seed in the minds of many; it seems to water the seeds that have already been planted over the years in others, and all of it has become “normal.”
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DocumentTags: alumni, holidays, patients, "recovery ambassador", "savannah kerr"
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December 10, 2019
Why do people binge when they feel shame? Because shame feels terrible! Shame is sometimes described as a “punch in the gut” or a heart-wrenching feeling — and bingeing works to temporarily take away these negative feelings. Early childhood memories of feeling shamed about the way your body looks or your relationship to food can trigger ongoing shame in adulthood. This could perhaps also lead to eating disorder behaviors. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", families, "laura lange", patients, "symptoms & signs"
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December 03, 2019
One in five Colorado adults are affected by mental health concerns yet more than half do not seek mental health treatment. With Colorado having one of the highest suicide rates in the country, Insight Behavioral Health Centers (Insight) has opened its doors to address this growing mental health crisis. 
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DocumentTags: anxiety, depression, "dr elizabeth wassenaar", "mood & anxiety disorders", patients, professionals
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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 28, 2019
"I have tried everything imaginable, but I simply don’t have the willpower to stop bingeing.” This is the narrative most people convey when they come to us seeking treatment for binge eating disorder. I’ve heard it so many times: “If only I had self-control, I could stop binge eating.” This is where we have it all wrong: when it comes to binge eating, willpower is a lie. 
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DocumentTags: betr, "betsy callan", "binge eating disorder", "binge eating treatment and recovery program", "compulsive overeating", patients, treatment
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