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Binge Eating Disorder

What are your thoughts about the inclusion of this condition?

According to my opinion, the inclusion of the specified condition in the DSM-5 could be considered good news and a way of improvement for people who are suffering from the disorder. This condition is highly helpful for the acceleration of treatment, and the person suffering from such a disease could live in an improved way after proper diagnosis and complete treatments. With respect to my knowledge, when it is known that the case of binge eating could be diagnosed, the clinicians, as well as the medical staff, would fall confused about finding the case ambiguous because initially, the binge eating disorder is known as just a compensatory symptom as well as a manifestation of any underlying illness which is required to be diagnosed. These eating disorders overlap with the people who also have mental illness.

Why do you think it took so long (over 50 years) to be officially recognized?

Binge eating is basically categorized by the out-of-control episodes of eating disorders and compulsiveness, followed by guilt, stress, shame as well and depression. As the disease has effects on the brain and causes negative impacts on mental health, which are very prominently diagnosed so, an eating disorder is ignored mostly, and mental health is always treated. That’s why it was not diagnosed initially. The binge disorders are exactly the same as mood swings, including anxiety and depression, which result in ignorance of the eating disorder. For diagnosing binge eating disorder, it is necessary that there be a solid reason to understand the symptoms, especially for this disorder.

The diagnosis is related to the first symptoms. Binge disorders are not very common, but depression and anxiety are extremely common in the public. Moreover, the doctor is unable to observe any specific change or pain, but the patient is anxious overall. That’s why, initially, the treatment of mental health is carried on only.


Telch, C. F., Agras, W. S., & Linehan, M. M. (2001). Dialectical behavior therapy for binge eating disorder. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology69(6), 1061.



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