Chapter 10. Feeding and Eating Disorders

DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585624836.261190
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Until the publication of DSM-5, half of the people in eating disorder specialty clinics did not meet criteria for either of the two specific eating disorder categories—anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa—and instead received the nonspecific diagnosis of eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS). This percentage swelled even further in general psychiatric outpatient settings. A large percentage of patients with impairment and distress related to eating problems were left, therefore, without a diagnosis that specifically described their condition.

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