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Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2005 Dec;14(8):431-7.

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

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  • 1Dept. of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Göteborg University, Kungsgatan 12, 41119, Göteborg, Sweden.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
16341499
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