DSM, heal thyself
I think it is time for the DSM on eating disorders to change. So does The Joy Project.
Help Improve Patient Care
By Helping to Change the Diagnostic Criteria for Eating Disorders!One of our most important missions at the Joy Project is to assist those who suffer from eating disorders in getting their voices heard. As some of you may know, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is currently in the process of reconsidering the diagnostic criteria for eating disorders, which will be published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders- V in 2012. We believe that a crucial part of this process is consideration of the negative impact that the current criteria may have from the perspective of the patients themselves. If you would like to help bring these issues to the attention of the Eating Disorders Working Group of the APA, you can help us out in two ways. First, we have composed a petition to the APA, outlining the general problems the current diagnostic criteria can pose for patients. You can add your signature and add comments. We've also created a personal experience form letter , in which you have the chance to share any personal experiences you may have had regarding the ways in which a focus on weight or "severity" of your eating disorder may have affected your own personal journey. Then, send your letter directly to the Joy Project, where we will compile them and deliver them to the revision work group at the APA!