October 1985

Hypnotizability in Patients With Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia

Author Affiliations

From the Research Division, Carrier Foundation, Belle Mead, NJ (Drs Pettinati and Horne and Ms Staats); Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway (Dr Pettinati); and Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia (Dr Horne).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985;42(10):1014-1016. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790330094011

• Hypnotizability was assessed with the use of three standardized hypnosis scales in 86 patients with eating disorders. All diagnoses were made according to DSM-III criteria. Sixty-five patients had anorexia nervosa and 21 had bulimia. The anorectic patients were divided into subgroups of 19 abstainers and 46 vomiters and purgers. Bulimic patients were highly hypnotizable, significantly more so than the patients with anorexia nervosa and age-matched populations. There was also a trend for the purging subgroup of anorectics to have higher hypnotic capacity than abstaining anorectics.