Eating disorders - What are the symptoms of eating disorders and how are they diagnosed?
What are the symptoms of eating disorders and how are they diagnosed?
There are different types of eating disorders, with different symptoms (see next section). Doctors use guidelines for diagnosing different mental health conditions. These are the main guidelines they use:
- International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), produced by the American Psychiatric Association. ?
These guidelines say which symptoms you should have and for how long for to get a particular diagnosis. To decide whether you have an eating disorder a doctor will ask you questions about your life. They will ask about your feelings, emotions and behaviours around food. This is called an ‘assessment’. It will usually be done by a psychiatrist.?
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