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Published May 04, 2012, 03:06 PM

How eating disorders are diagnosed

Eating disorders currently fall into three categories defined by DSM-IV, the current diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals. They are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

By: Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV, INFORUM

Eating disorders currently fall into three categories defined by DSM-IV, the current diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals.

They are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

Psychologist Tricia Cook Myers says most Sanford Eating Disorders & Weight Management Center patients are diagnosed with EDNOS because they don’t meet the criteria for anorexia or bulimia.

The task force for the next diagnostic manual, due out next year, will re-examine and redefine the categories for eating disorders, which can be problematic, said Stephen Wonderlich, director of clinical research at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, who is on the task force.

Source: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV

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