The first step in diagnosis is admitting that you have symptoms of an eating disorder. You may need support and encouragement from others before seeking help.
According to the DSM-IV, anorexia nervosa is characterized by:
According to the DSM-IV, bulimia nervosa is characterized by:
Binge eating disorder is characterized by:
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Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders website. Available at: http://www.anred.com/toc.html . Accessed April 8, 2007.
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National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders website. Available at: http://www.anad.org/site/anadweb/ .
Yager J, Devlin MJ, Halmi KA, et al. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Eating Disorders. 3rd ed. American Psychiatric Association; 2006. Available at: http://www.psych.org/psych_pract/treatg/pg/EatingDisorders3ePG_04-28-06.pdf . Accessed April 8, 2007.
Last reviewed October 2012 by Michael Woods, MD
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