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Int J Eat Disord. 2003 Apr;33(3):351-5.

Cognitive impairment in anorexia nervosa is not due to depressed mood.

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Department of Psychiatry, 1-287 Medical Education Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1000, USA. bradley-mcdowell@uiowa.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Previous research has revealed cognitive deficits in patients with anorexia nervosa. It is unclear whether these deficits are linked to co-morbid depression in this population. We examined the relationship between depressive symptoms and cognitive functioning.

METHOD:

A large sample of subjects (N = 98) was examined using a common measure of cognitive ability and two measures of depression.

RESULTS:

We confirmed that there is no relationship between depression and cognitive ability in this group.

DISCUSSION:

This suggests that alternative explanations be explored for cognitive deficits in patients with anorexia nervosa.

PMID:
12655632
DOI:
10.1002/eat.10149
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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