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.
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attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders
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Wentz, E., Lacey, J.H., Waller, G. et al. Childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders in adult eating disorder patients. Europ.Child & Adolescent Psych 14, 431–437 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00787-005-0494-3
- eating disorders
- autism spectrum disorders
- tic disorders