Comorbidity of Psychiatric Diagnoses in Anorexia Nervosa

Katherine A. Halmi, Elke D Eckert, Peggy Marchi, Vincent Sampugnaro, Robin Apple, Jacob Cohen

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• 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)712-718
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1991


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