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 as a good news and a way of improvement for the people who are suffering with the disorder. This condition is highly helpful for the acceleration of the treatment ways and the person suffering with such disease could be able to 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 in a confusion of 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 official recognized?
Binge eating is basically categorized by the out of control episodes of eating disorders, compulsiveness, followed by the guilt, stress, shame as well as depression whence. As the disease have effects on the brain and caused negative impacts on mental health which are very prominently diagnosed so, the eating disorder is ignored mostly and mental health is treated always. That’s why it was not diagnosed initially. The binge disorders are exactly the same as the mood swings including anxiety and depression which results ignorance of the eating disorder. For diagnosing the binge eating disorder, it is necessary that there would be a solid reason to understand the symptoms especially for this disorder.
The diagnosis are related t always the first symptoms, the binge disorders are not very common but depression and anxiety is extremely common in the common public. Moreover the doctor is unable to observe any specific change or pain but the anxiety in the patient overall that’s why initially the treatment of metal health is carried on only.
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