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Eur Eat Disord Rev. 2008 Mar;16(2):94-9.

Personality disorders in 545 patients with eating disorders.

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Eating Disorders Centre, University Hospital of Aarhus, Psychiatric Hospital for Children and Adolescents, Denmark. kgd@buh.aaa.dk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Previous research on the prevalence of personality disorders in patients with eating disorders varies greatly in findings, but a general understanding seem to exist that personality disorders are rather common among eating-disordered patients. The present investigation is aimed at establishing the prevalence of DSM III-R or DSM IV personality disorders in a large population seeking treatment for eating disorders.

METHOD:

Five hundred and forty-five patients with DSM IV- eating disorders have been evaluated using the structured clinical interview for DSM III-R or IV-Axis II and the eating disorder examination.

RESULTS:

The 29.5% of the population have one or more personality disorders according to DSM III-R or DSM IV criteria. Personality disorders, and specifically borderline personality disorder, are significantly more common in patients with bulimia nervosa.

DISCUSSION:

The proportion of eating-disordered patients with co-morbid personality disorder may not be as large as often found in studies. This challenges the understanding of a strong overall connection between the two groups of disorder; however, the connection seems to exist in subsets of eating disorder samples.

PMID:
18059070
DOI:
10.1002/erv.844
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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