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?
Bulimia Nervosa Topics
|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|