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Childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders in adult eating disorder patients. A pilot study.

Journal article
Authors Elisabet Wentz
J Hubert Lacey
Glenn Waller
Maria Råstam
Jeremy Turk
Christopher Gillberg
Published in European child & adolescent psychiatry
Volume 14
Issue 8
Pages 431-437
ISSN 1018-8827
Publication year 2005
Published at Institute for the Health of Women and Children, Dept of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Pages 431-437
Language en
Keywords Adolescent, Adult, Age of Onset, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Epidemiology, Autistic Disorder, Epidemiology, Comorbidity, Eating Disorders, Epidemiology, Female, Humans, Impulsive Behavior, Epidemiology, Middle Aged, Personality Disorders, Epidemiology, Pilot Projects, Sweden, Epidemiology, Tic Disorders, Epidemiology
Subject categories Child and adolescent psychiatry


BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been suggested to be overrepresented in anorexia nervosa. This study aimed to explore the comorbidity of ASD and other childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders (COND) [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and tic disorders] in a group of severe eating disorder (ED) patients. METHOD: Thirty female ED patients from a specialist hospital clinic were examined on measures tapping into COND and personality disorders. RESULTS: In our group of longstanding ED, 53% had at least one COND diagnosis; 23% had ASD, 17% had AD/HD, and 27% had a tic disorder. CONCLUSIONS: These preliminary data suggest that COND may be common in patients with severe ED and should be kept in mind when treating these patients.

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