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Psychological Assessment & Diagnosis

The diagnosis support tool can help with assessment

Diagnosis Support Tool

A diagnostic algorithm to support ED diagnosis

Diagnostic criteria

Eating disorder assessment:

The Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q) is considered a 'gold-standard' measure(1,2).

Eating Disorder Examination Questionnaire (EDE-Q)

28-item self-report questionnaire to support clinical diagnosis

Many people who present with eating disorders do not fit into the main diagnostic categories. See What to Do When for complex or less straight forward presentations.

Psychological Assessment:

When an eating disorder is suspected, suicide risk and the presence of co-occurring conditions should also be assessed.

Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Suicide ideation
  • Deliberate self-harm

Presence of Co-occurring Psychiatric Conditions
  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Drug and alcohol use
  • Cognitive changes (mood and personality)

GP Dr Karen Spielman explains how the Diagnostic Algorithm can be used to help support decisions around eating disorder diagnoses.

GP Dr Karen Spielman discusses the importance of keeping in mind both the medical and the psychological underpinnings of an eating disorder.