Proposed Syndromes and the <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V</i>

Kelly C. Allison and Jennifer D. Lundgren

in The Oxford Handbook of Eating Disorders

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780195373622
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940318 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Proposed Syndromes and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual V

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The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR) of the American Psychiatric Association (2000) is currently being revised and new disorders are being considered for inclusion in DSM-V. In this chapter, we evaluate three proposed eating disorders for the DSM-V: binge eating disorder (BED), night eating syndrome (NES), and purging disorder (PD). The history and definition for each is reviewed, relevant theoretical models are presented and compared, and evidence for the usefulness of the models is described. Empirical studies of all three disorders show their independence from other disorders, although comorbid psychopathology is common. Psychological distress is also high, but evidence for negative impact on physical health is less pronounced. Finally, remaining questions for future research are summarized.

Keywords: binge eating disorder; eating disorder not otherwise specified; night eating syndrome; nosology; purging disorder

Article.  13502 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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