• 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.
Pettinati HM, Lynn Horne R, Staats JM. Hypnotizability in Patients With Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985;42(10):1014-1016. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790330094011