Blog Posts in December, 2012

  • Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals rely upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in their diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders. On December 1, 2012, the APA's Board of Trustees approved the publication of the fifth edition of the manual (DSM‑5), which will be released in May 2013. The ...
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  • Sandy Hook Elementary: What We Need to Learn

    || 21-Dec-2012

    Today is one week since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a horrifying and an unspeakable act of violence. The terror that ripped through the community of Newtown will impact the minds and hearts of all Americans, for a long time to come. As a nation we are slowly processing the tragedy of December 14, 2012, and we are beginning the necessary discussions about how to respond both ...
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  • On May 14, 2012, Brandy Bell was committed to Rusk State Hospital in Texas for a long history of psychiatric illnesses. After 16 days in the hospital, Brandy, 33, died. The mental illness that deprived her of her life, compelling her to lose 9 pounds in 9 days, was tragically ignored by hospital staff. Brandy died a preventable death. Although the initial autopsy reported that Bell died from blood ...
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  • Review any insurance company's denial letter for eating disorder treatment based on medical necessity, and weight or the insured's BMI (Body Mass Index), will form the basis of the denial. What is BMI and why do insurance companies refer to it as if it was the Holy Grail for determining the "healthy" weight of its insureds? Simply put, BMI holds out an outdated, incomplete and ...
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  • DSM-5 Approved by the APA

    || 3-Dec-2012

    The fifth edition of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) was approved by the American Psychiatric Association board of trustees on Saturday. The board's approval was the final step needed before the DSM-5's formal release in May, 2013. The DSM was last revised in 1994. This is excellent news for those in the eating disorder community who have been waiting for ...
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