Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders

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In early 2013, American Psychiatric Association’s (2013) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) was reorganized in an attempt to increase the clinical utility of the extant eating disorder classification systems by reducing the number of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) cases without losing past research evidence regarding effective treatment for this diagnosis (Keel, Brown, Holm-Denoma & Bodell, 2011).
Revisions that was instilled in DSM-V was the expansion of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN) categories as well as the separation of Binge Eating Disorder from EDNOS which was done so to make the distinctiveness of each eating disorder (ED) groups clearer which would subsequently reduce the number of EDNOS cases.
For AN, amenorrhea was eliminated as one of the diagnosis criteria as it lacked relevance for men, women taking estrogen and postmenopausal women (Attia & Roberto, 2009). The removal of this criterion has increased the severity of the disorder which has then allowed for more research consideration. On the other hand, BN requirement for the frequency of binge-eating episodes and inappropriate compensatory behaviors was reduced from twice per week over the past 3 months to just once a week in order to reduce EDNOS sub-threshold BN cases (Wilson & Sysko, 2009). Other than that, there was also the addition of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) as a formally recognized diagnostic category instead of being a part of EDNOS. This…
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