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Article
August 1991

Comorbidity of Psychiatric Diagnoses in Anorexia Nervosa

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, White Plains, NY (Drs Halmi and Marchi, and Mr Sampugnaro); Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Dr Eckert and Ms Apple); and Department of Psychology, New York (NY) University (Dr Cohen).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1991;48(8):712-718. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1991.01810320036006
Abstract

• The comorbidity of psychiatric diagnoses was examined with the Diagnostic Interview Schedule in 62 women who participated in a 10-year follow-up study of anorexia nervosa. Sixty-two age- and sex-matched controls, their parents, and parents of the anorectic probands were also interviewed with the Diagnostic Interview Schedule. There was a statistically significant comorbidity of the affective and anxiety disorders with anorexia nervosa. The first-degree relatives of the anorectic probands had significantly more alcoholism and total number of psychiatric diagnoses compared with the first-degree relatives of controls. There were two mothers with bulimia nervosa, two cases of anorexia nervosa and two of bulimia nervosa in other first-degree relatives of anorectic probands, and no cases of eating disorders in the first-degree relatives of controls.

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