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Psychiatric Comorbidity in Eating Disorders

  • Tahany M. Gadalla
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Abstract

Associations between eating disorders and other psychiatric disorders have been observed in samples drawn from treatment-seeking patients, high school/college students and the general populations. To date, the majority of these studies have been based on samples of women. Few studies examined eating disorders and their psychiatric comorbidity in men or older adults. Major depression has been found to be the most prevalent mental disorder among individuals with eating disorders. The prevalence of specific anxiety disorders varies across patterns of disordered eating. Researchers have proposed a few conceptual explanations for the high comorbidity rates between eating disorders and other psychiatric disorders. One possible explanation is that comorbid disorders share common risk factors. A second possible explanation is that the presence of one disorder increases the risk of the development of the other. A further possible explanation is that comorbidity reflects a developmental process where one disorder is the early stage of the other disorder. Future gender-specific studies examining alternative conceptual models with regards to the multivariate comorbidity of eating disorders and other psychiatric disorders are needed. Recommendations for future research and implications for clinical management of patients with multiple disorders as well as application to other areas of health are discussed

Keywords

Anxiety Disorder Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Body Dissatisfaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social WorkUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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