Bulimia Nervosa Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Bulimia Diagnosis, Bulimic Diagnosis, Eating Disorder Diagnosis, Binge-Purge Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Bulimia Nervosa Diagnosed?

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV TR) published by the American Psychological Association defines the following criteria for bulimia nervosa:

  • Recurrent episodes of binge eating characterized by the following:
    • Eating within a fixed period of time an amount of food that is definitely larger than most people would eat under similar circumstances.
    • A lack of control over eating during the episode: a feeling that one cannot stop eating or control what or how much one is eating.
  • Recurrent inappropriate compensatory behavior to prevent weight gain such as self-induced vomiting, misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or other medications, fasting and excessive exercise.
  • Self-evaluation is unduly influenced by body shape and weight.
  • These symptoms occur at least twice a week on average and persist for at least 3 months.
  • The disturbance does not occur exclusively during episodes of anorexia nervosa.

Could You Have Bulimia Nervosa?

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Related Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa – Starvation, Over-Exercise, Laxatives, Diuretics, Warped Body Image
Anxiety Disorder NOS – Pathological Fears, Irrational Anxiousness, Stress, Phobias
Binge Eating Disorder – Eating Unusual Amount of Food, Depression, Anxiety, Guilty
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Anxiety, Obsessive, Compulsive Behavior Hidden to Others, Anxiety, Paranoid
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance