In addition to anorexia, binge eating disorder, and bulimia, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists a number of other illnesses under the section on Feeding and Eating Disorders – avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), rumination disorder, and pica. You can read more about these illnesses in the pages in this section.
Please be aware, however, that Beat’s area of expertise is specific to anorexia, binge eating disorder, bulimia, and OSFED. There is limited information available about the other feeding-related illnesses listed in the DSM. If you suspect that you or someone you know may be showing signs of one of these illnesses, then we strongly advise you to consult with a medical professional as quickly as possible so that they can give you more information and refer you for appropriate treatment. Remember, they are mental illnesses and you deserve help. It is always best to seek treatment early.
There are also many other illnesses, both physical and psychological, that can lead to changes in someone’s eating behaviour, or in other areas that may be affected by an eating disorder, such as their feelings about their body. If you’re worried about yourself or someone you know but don’t feel that any of the disorders covered on the Beat website accurately describe the symptoms you or they are experiencing, it’s always best to speak to a medical professional, who will be able to give you further advice.
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