Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa

1653 Words Jan 31st, 2018 7 Pages
It is a crippling life-threatening condition marked by a patient placing restriction on energy intake relative to needed energy requirements, resulting in a relentless pursuit of low body weight in the context of age, sex, development and physical health. According to American Psychiatric Publishing of diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5) “Anorexia Nervosa, often times have an early-onset which primarily affects adolescent girls and young women, is characterized by distorted body image and excessive dieting that leads to severe weight loss with a pathological fear of becoming fat” (APA). Anorexia is a condition more common amongst younger patients that causes a disruption in the normal growth process, because they fail to achieve ideal weight and height expectancy. Psychologist are able to determine if an individual meets anorexia weight cutoff requirement by measuring how thin their patients are by calculating body mass index (BMI)
DSM-5 Anorexia Nervosa Diagnoses Criterion
“Criterion (A) focuses on behaviors, like restricting calorie intake, and no longer includes the word “Refusal” in terms of weight maintenance since that implies intention on the part of the patient and can be difficult to assess. The DSM-IV Criterion (D) requiring amenorrhea, or the absence of at least three menstrual cycles, will be deleted. This criterion cannot be…
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