Symptoms and Diagnosis of Eating Disorders
What is an Eating Disorder?
Whether you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed, currently in treatment, or you simply suspect something may be wrong, this is the place to start.
What Causes Eating Disorders?
The causes of eating disorders are complex and varied. It is widely accepted that there are both environmental and genetic components to their development. Learn more about these causes here.
- The Causes of Eating Disorders: An Overview
- Biological & Familial Influences
- Media Influences
- The Role of Trauma
- The Influence of Athletics
Anorexia is characterized by self-starvation and is potentially life-threatening.
Bulimia is characterized by repeated cycles of binge-eating and purging.
Binge Eating Disorder
Binge eating disorder is characterized by repeated episodes of binge-eating, without the compensatory behaviors seen in bulimia nervosa.
Lesser Known Feeding & Eating Disorders
The DSM-V section on feeding and eating disorders includes anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder as well as several other lesser known feeding and eating disorders. Learn more about these issues here.
- Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder
- Other Specified Feeding/Eating Disorder & Unspecified Feeding/Eating Disorder
- Rumination Disorder
Other Types of Disordered Eating
Many people struggle with other forms of disordered eating that don't fit the criteria for diagnosable eating disorders. Learn more about these problems here.