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Bravo, bravo!

Posted Feb 15 2010 4:50pm
Classification of eating disturbance in children in the DSM
"The consensus opinion of an international work group of experts on the diagnosis and treatment of child and adolescent eating disorders is that (a) lower and more developmentally sensitive thresholds of symptom severity (e.g. lower frequency of purging behaviourssignificant deviations from growth curves as indicators of clinical severity) be used as diagnostic boundaries for children and adolescents(b) behavioural indicators of psychological features of eating disorders be considered even in the absence of direct self-report of such symptoms and (c) multiple informants (e.g. parents) be used to ascertain symptom profiles."

Translation: in this proposed change to the DSM kids would not have to become irretrievably ill before they get the diagnosis and treatment advice they needand parents would be a recognized part of the early warning system.
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