Eating disorders are made up of a spectrum of symptoms, with each case holding some similarity to others but unique in its qualities and causes. Even with so much variation, the DSM-IV recognizes only anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and eating disorder not otherwise specified as the official clinical diagnoses. It is expected that binge eating [...]
You have heard of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, and you may be familiar with binge eating disorder. Now there are several new terms for eating disorders emerging as specific behaviors point to a diagnosis that doesn’t fit neatly into criteria used to recognize anorexia, bulimia or binge eating disorder.
Eating disorders are often hard to define because causes and symptoms vary from one individual to the next. While there are disorders such as bulimia and anorexia nervosa that are widely recognized and have a relatively stable set of criteria, even these can have major variations between each person experiencing them.
Like many mental disorders, eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia nervosa do not have clear lines of diagnosis. At times, each of these disorders can resemble other disorders, For instance, both of the disorders can mimic obsessive compulsive disorder, or even overlap with OCD.