European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp 431–437 | Cite as

Childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders in adult eating disorder patients

A pilot study
  • Elisabet Wentz
  • J. Hubert Lacey
  • Glenn Waller
  • Maria Råstam
  • Jeremy Turk
  • Christopher Gillberg



Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been suggested to be overrepresented in anorexia nervosa. This study aimed to explore the comorbidity of ASD and other childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders (COND) [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and tic disorders] in a group of severe eating disorder (ED) patients.


Thirty female ED patients from a specialist hospital clinic were examined on measures tapping into COND and personality disorders.


In our group of longstanding ED, 53% had at least one COND diagnosis; 23% had ASD, 17% had AD/HD, and 27% had a tic disorder.


These preliminary data suggest that COND may be common in patients with severe ED and should be kept in mind when treating these patients.

Key words

eating disorders autism spectrum disorders AD/HD tic disorders 



attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder


anorexia nervosa


bulimia nervosa


childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders


eating disorder


personality disorder


Tourette’s disorder


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabet Wentz
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. Hubert Lacey
    • 2
  • Glenn Waller
    • 4
  • Maria Råstam
    • 1
  • Jeremy Turk
    • 5
  • Christopher Gillberg
    • 1
    • 5
  1. 1.Dept. of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryGöteborg UniversityGöteborgSweden
  2. 2.Dept. of Mental HealthSt. George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK
  3. 3.The Swedish National Healthcare and SciencesSweden
  4. 4.St. George’s Eating Disorder ServiceSt. George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK
  5. 5.Dept. of Child and Adolescent PsychiatrySt. George’s Hospital Medical SchoolLondonUK

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