Anorexia/Eating Disorders/EDNOS?

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Okay so over the course of probably the last 6 months I have lost 50 pounds, I believe I have an eating disorder whatever kind it is. I have been to the doctors ect and have been referred to an eating disorder clinic. But I want to know, do I have ednos? I don't have my period anymore, haven't since the beginning of my restrictive behavior. Constant feeling of dizziness, shaking, coldness, nausea and weakness. Hairloss is a big issue with me too. After reading about EDNOS online, I discovered that someone who falls into this category often binges and has very low calorie days but also will binge on 2000+ calories some days. But I'm not like that, I restrict everyday never going over 900 calories, which is a lot more than what I used to eat. So what do I fall into? Also, I'm not underweight either. I am 14 years old, 171.5 cm and probably about 125 pounds.

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Hi Megan,

What you are describing actually sounds more like Atypical Anorexia Nervosa under the new diagnostic criteria. Basically, you meet all of the criteria for the binge-purge subtype of Anorexia Nervosa except that you are not underweight. Atypical Anorexia Nervosa is under the subcategory of Other specified feeding or eating disorder 307.59 (F50.8) - the new version of EDNOS.

I am so relieved that you are seeking treatment. Good luck!  

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Mary Pritchard

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I can answer questions about the psychology of eating, disordered eating attitudes and behaviors such as drive for thinness, drive for muscularity, binge eating, body dysmorphia, dieting, excessive/obsessive exercise, and body dissatisfaction. I can also answer questions about anorexia and bulimia.

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I have a PhD in Psychology and teach courses in the Psychology of Health and the Psychology of Eating. I have been conducting research on disordered eating and exercise behaviors for 15 years.

Organizations
Midwestern psychological association, rocky mountain psychological association

Publications
Over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in journals such as Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorders, and Eating and Weight Disorders

Education/Credentials
PhD in Psychology from the University of Denver

Awards and Honors
30 teaching awards, have received funding to conduct my research from academic institutions and state and local government

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