Diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa: Looking ahead to DSM-V

Authors

  • James E. Mitchell MD,

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    1. Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, North Dakota
    2. Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, North Dakota
    • Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, 700 1st Avenue, South, P.O. Box 1415, Fargo, ND 58107
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  • Tricia Cook-Myers MD,

    1. Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, North Dakota
    2. Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, North Dakota
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  • Stephen A. Wonderlich PhD

    1. Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, North Dakota
    2. Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, North Dakota
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Abstract

In considering possible revisions to the diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN), questions can be raised regarding the 85% cutoff and consideration could be given to using a body mass index (BMI) score instead. The criterion most likely to change in the 4th ed. of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association) is the amenorrhea criterion because this does not appear to add to the diagnostic specificity. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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