Eating Disorders and Depression: Psychobiological Findings in Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa

  • R. G. Laessle
  • U. Schweiger
  • M. M. Fichter
  • K. M. Pirke


The relationship between eating disorders and affective disorders has generated considerable interest in the past decade. Because descriptions of bulimia and anorexia nervosa suggest many points of phenomenological similarity to depression, it has been argued that these eating disorders are each a variant of affective disorder (Hudson and Pope 1987; Hudson et al. 1983; Cantwell et al. 1977). Further evidence has been drawn from neuroendocrine similarities, response of eating disorder patients to antidepressant medication, and family studies (for review see Strober and Katz 1988).


Depressive Symptom Anorexia Nervosa Eating Disorder Affective Disorder Body Dissatisfaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. Laessle
    • 1
  • U. Schweiger
    • 1
  • M. M. Fichter
    • 2
  • K. M. Pirke
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für PsychiatrieArbeitsgruppe PsychoneuroendokrinologieMünchen 40Germany
  2. 2.Psychiatrische KlinikUniversität MünchenMünchen 2Germany

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