NotOtherwiseSpecified - meets all the criteria for Bulimia...

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Essay Q: “Not Otherwise Specified” is a term used often in the DSM. Describe how and why this term is used diagnostically. Provide at least two examples of NOS diagnoses to support your points. Q. Is "Not Otherwise Specified" a term that is used clinically for people when they meet most of the DSM criteria for a disorder but do not completely fit the DSM criteria? A. Yes Q. Are NOS diagnoses used to keep the labeling of disorders as uniform as possible between clinicians? A. Yes. They also facilitate treatment for people who want or need clinical help but don’t quite meet the strict criteria for a particular diagnostic category. Q. Can “Not Otherwise Specified” be used as a diagnosis by itself? A. No. It is used in conjunction with some other, more specific term. “NOS” qualifies a type of diagnosis. For example, a person who meets all the criteria for Anorexia Nervosa except the weight loss criterion could still need and/or want help, as could a person who
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Unformatted text preview: meets all the criteria for Bulimia Nervosa except the twice-per-week criterion; both these people would be given an Eating Disorder NOS diagnosis. Q. It seems like all the disorders have an NOS option. Are there any examples that wouldn’t work? A. Almost every category of disorder has an NOS option. Anxiety Disorder NOS, Mood Disorder NOS, Psychotic Disorder NOS, Sleep Disorder NOS, Eating Disorder NOS. Only a few specific disorders within categories have NOS designations; Depressive Disorder NOS, for example. The main exception is the category “Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence” (there is no DUFDIA NOS diagnosis!), in which the subcategories of disorder usually have NOS options (Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS, Elimination Disorder NOS, Feeding Disorder NOS, Attentional Disorder NOS, etc). This pattern means there are lots of incorrect examples – “Anorexia Nervosa NOS” does not exist, to name but one....
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