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Ann Ist Super Sanita. 2003;39(2):275-81.

[Suicide and attempted suicide in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Cattedra di Psichiatria, II Facoltà di Medina e Chirurgia, Ospedale Sant'Andrea, Università degli Studi La Sapienza, Roma.


Suicide in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa is a major cause of death. Risk factors for suicide and attempted suicide (which in many cases results in successful suicide) in anorexia nervosa include: purging type, chronic disease, and during treatment, obsessive symptoms and drug abuse, major depression, and for anorexia nervosa low body mass index (BMI) at presentation. In anorexia nervosa suicide has been considered the first cause of death and attempted suicide is a serious threat to these individuals. Data concerning suicide in bulimia nervosa has still scarce whereas attempted suicides are easily found in clinical histories of patients. No doubt suicidal behavior is underestimated amongst patients with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. An effort to reconcile with subject of suicide and a better evaluation of these patients' psychopathology should improve suicide prevention strategies amongst these individuals.

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