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Diagnosis of Male Anorexia Nervosa: Gender Bias?

In girls who have reached puberty, one criterion for the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa is amenorrhea, or the absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles. However, there is no equivalent diagnostic criterion for men and boys. Without this, clinicians may be less likely to consider the disorder in males. Read More

Tom The amenorrhea

The amenorrhea requirement is being dropped from the
new DSM-5 definition of anorexia nervosa, both because, as you
say, it is irrelevant to males, and also because it is not an
accurate diagnostic measure of AN in females either.

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Tom Wooldridge, PsyD., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Golden Gate University.


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