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Neuropsychology of Eating Disorders

  • Catherine P. Cook-Cottone
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Part of the Issues of Diversity in Clinical Neuropsychology book series (ISSUESDIV)

Eating disorders (EDs) are chronic clinical disorders and are difficult to treat (e.g., Hoeken, Seidell, & Hoek, 2003). Although not often noted, eating disorder prevalence rates have the highest female-to-male ratio among psychiatric disorders (see prevalence rates, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision – DSM-IV-TR; American Psychiatric Association, 2000). They are known to occur most commonly among women in their late adolescence and adulthood (Herzog & Eddy, 2007). However, there have been reports of increasing rates of early onset symptomatology in prepubescent children and new-onset cases in mid- and late-life (Bulik, Reba, Siega, & Reichborn-Kjennerud, 2005). These disorders are characterized by a unique set of cognitive symptoms, such as intense preoccupation with being thin and pathological fear of gaining weight. The accompanying behavioral disturbances function to modify or control the body (e.g., food restriction,...

Keywords

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Eating Disorder Binge Eating 
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  • Catherine P. Cook-Cottone
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  1. 1.Director of School Psychology, Department of Counseling School and Educational PsychologyUniversity of Buffalo, State University at New York Buffalo

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