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Int J Psychiatry Med. 2002;32(1):91-5.

Late onset anorexia nervosa: two case reports.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Shimane Medical University, Enya, Izumo, Japan. inagaki@shimane-med.ac.jp

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Some patients develop an eating disorder at a late age. It is worth investigating why this syndrome develops at such widely different ages.

METHODS:

Two Japanese cases of late onset anorexia nervosa are reported.

RESULTS:

In these late onset cases, anorexia developed out of sadness over a loss such as bereavement, divorce, and fear or anxiety for the future. In addition, these two patients didn't demonstrate a fear of aging or of losing their attractiveness and sexuality, nor did they develop a dissociative disturbance based on an early traumatic history of sexual abuse in PTSD.

CONCLUSION:

Although the clinical features are similar, there appear to be differences between late onset and adolescent cases in psychological mechanisms.

PMID:
12075918
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