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The Mental Health Commission of Canada is an organization for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviors of Canadians around mental health issues. This organization brings together leaders and organizations from across the country to accelerate these changes. Among its initiatives, this organizations work includes the country's first mental health strategy, to reduce stigma, advancing knowledge exchange in mental health, and examining how best to help people who are homeless and living with mental health problems.

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New research from the World Health Organization suggests binge eating patients suffer from life long impairments that are just as harmful as those in bulimia patients. As of may 2013, binge eating is a new diagnosis in the DSM-IV. Binge eating and bulimia have some of the same symptoms, but it had been assumed that bulimia had a bigger impact of illness on patients and the only difference between the 2 disorders is that binge eaters do not make up for their binge, they do not engage in purging, using laxatives or excercising.

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This article points out some of the changes made in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, and how they change the social and medical understanding of who is a considered mentally ill.  Some of the changes made are considered quite controversial, as the changing criterias may cause some people to be wrongly diagnosed for illnesses, or even more significantly, to remain undiagnosed for an illness that they might suffer from and need help with.

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