Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

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Introduction The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (2013) or DSM-5 outlines the four feeding and eating disorders as, Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder, and Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder (OSFED). These are complex and highly devastating disorders that cause health, emotional, and relationship problems (NEDA, 2016). These conditions should not be taken lightly due to their potential to cause long term emotional and physical health problems. Without professional help and an understanding of the disorder, they become life threatening. With statistics rising in the prevalence of these disorders, it is important to explore what they are, whom they are impacting, and what needs to be done to help those struggling. This study will further examine each eating disorder in terms of signs, symptoms, causes, prevalence, and its effects on the individual. In the field of social work, it is important to know how the culture and community of an individual is impacting their reason for entering treatment. This study will also look at the impact society has on those in Westernized as well as non-Western cultures. To emphasis the importance of this study, these are a few statistics showing the prevalence, impact, and devastation due to Eating Disorders. About one in every hundred young women between ages 10-20 are starving themselves, meeting criteria for anorexia (ANRED, 2016) Four Percent of
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