Characteristics of patients with bulimia only, bulimia with affective disorder, and bulimia with substance abuse problems

Dorothy K Hatsukami, James E. Mitchell, Elke D Eckert, Richard Pyle

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Abstract

Characteristics of patients with a diagnosis of bulimia only (N = 46), bulimia with a history of affective disorder (N = 34), and bulimia with a history of substance abuse (N = 34) were compared. Results showed that compared to patients with bulimia only or with bulimia and affective disorders, patients with bulimia and substance abuse experienced a higher rate of diuretic use to control weight, financial and work problems, stealing before and after the onset of the eating disorder, previous psychiatric inpatient treatment, and greater amount of alcohol use after the onset of the eating disorder. Both the substance abuse group and affective disorder group showed a higher incidence of attempted suicide, more social problems, and greater overall treatment rate than the bulimia only group. There were no significant differences among groups in their family histories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-406
Number of pages8
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986

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