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Open Access Letter to the Editor

DSM-5: problems and suggestions

Andreas Birgegård1*, Gaby Groß2, Joakim de Man Lapidoth1 and Claes Norring1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska institute, 171 76, Stockholm, Sweden

2 Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Osianderstr. 5, 72076, Tübingen, Germany

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Journal of Eating Disorders 2013, 1:8  doi:10.1186/2050-2974-1-8

Published: 25 February 2013

Abstract

The upcoming DSM5 will impact clinical work and research substantially, and we here point to a few problems that may have been overlooked. These concern inconsistencies and lack of clarity, and the future “not elsewhere classified” atypical anorexia nervosa category. We propose solutions in the form of working definitions and operationalizations to facilitate clinical implementation as well as streamline research.

Keywords:
Diagnostics; Anorexia; Bulimia