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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 24, 2018
Claiming that I had an illness and being a part of the solution could only be achieved when I accepted myself and everything I was struggling with — including substance abuse. When I claimed my realness — all of it — I claimed myself.
 
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DocumentTags: alumni, "national eating disorder awareness week", patients, "robyn cruze", treatment
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February 24, 2018
Today’s blog shares history. Since the 1980s, major advances have been made in the field. Now, people recover from eating disorders every day. As we reflect on the history of eating disorder diagnosis and treatment, it’s important to remember just how far the field of eating disorders has come.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "binge eating disorder", bulimia, events, "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let’s-Get-Real-About-the-History-of-Eating-Disorders
February 16, 2018
Mount St. Joseph University senior and voice major Maria Bruce has decided to take action. She has organized a Carpenters Anniversary/Tribute Concert to be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Maria hopes that the concert will both pay tribute to Karen Carpenter and raise awareness of how eating disorders are still taking lives every day. We talked to Ms. Bruce about the tribute concert and this is what she shared with us.
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DocumentTags: anorexia, "carpenters anniversary tribute concert", events, foundation, "health risks", "national eating disorder awareness week"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Let-s-Get-Real-About-Anorexia-The-Deadliest-Mental-Illness
February 08, 2018
Have you heard of the theory of the suffering of the “overcontrolled” individual? Overcontrolled individuals tend to be perfectionists who live most of their life in a state of high threat (rapid heart rate, high blood pressure and quick breathing rate). Radically Open DBT addresses three different areas that can help overcontrolled individuals achieve a richer and more rewarding emotional life. 
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "dr ellen astrachan fletcher", patients, professionals, "radically open dialectical behavior therapy", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/February-2018/Radically-Open-DBT-A-Therapy-to-Ease-a-Life-of-Control-–-Dr-Ellen-Astrachan-Fletcher
January 31, 2018
I heave my suitcase into the overhead bin, and hesitantly take my seat. Seemingly unaware that I have arrived, the woman continues reading the paper; her elbow extending into my seat space and resting deep into my intestines. I shift in my seat in an effort to dislodge her elbow; my ample hips cause the armrest to raise as they settle in. She clears her throat and looks over her newspaper at me. Her subtle microaggression of defending her space reinforces the myriad messages I’ve already received: fat people are undeserving of occupying a shared space.
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DocumentTags: alumni, anorexia, "erc cincinnati oh", patients, professionals, "rachel king"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2018/challenging-weight-and-size-discrimination-Rachel-King
January 24, 2018

Seeking help for binge eating disorder often involves overcoming feelings of shame, isolation, and, perhaps worst of all, the fear that there is no end to this cycle. Once you’ve recognized and begun to address your binge eating behaviors, it’s reasonable to want the people in your life closest to you – especially your partner – to support those efforts. So, what do you do when your partner shows up after work with your go-to binge food? Dr. Ashley Solomon shares her insight.

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DocumentTags: alumni, "binge eating disorder", "compulsive overeating", "dr ashley solomon", "erc cincinnati oh", families, patients
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2018/I’m-a-Binge-Eater-and-My-Partner-Does-Not-Support-My-Recovery”-–-Dr-Ashley-Solomon
January 18, 2018
We are almost two years out of treatment now, and are still walking the road to recovery. But now we have hope. And we know we aren’t walking alone. We are also filled with gratitude for the friendships formed during our treatment days, and in the months since. We have worked with and have met some amazing people with whom we have found both empathy and understanding. 
 
 
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DocumentTags: "anorexia nervosa", "child & adolescent", families, "sunnie gruwell", treatment
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2018/Parenting-Teens-with-Eating-Disorders-Strength-in-Connections-Sunnie-Gruwell
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.
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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 03, 2018
It is reported that more teens are experiencing intense anxiety than ever before. Anxiety at normal levels is an expected physical and emotional reaction to a real or perceived threat. At more intense levels, it can be debilitating. If your teen demonstrates a high level of worry, perfectionism, rigidity or distress related to fears — you may want to consider taking them to counseling. The good news is that anxiety is a highly treatable condition!
 
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DocumentTags: anxiety, "child & adolescent", "dr angela derrick", "erc chicago il", families, "mood & anxiety disorders", "symptoms & signs"
NodeAliasPath: /blog/January-2018/Stop-Suffering-in-Silence-5-Ways-to-Help-Your-Teen-Manage-Severe-Anxiety-–-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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