Pharmacological Treatment of Non-suicidal Self-injury and Eating Disorders

  • Paul L. PlenerEmail author
  • Ulrike M. Schulze


There is very little evidence for the psychopharmacological treatment of NSSI and eating disorders and no evidence for the treatment of a combination of both. However, often patients with NSSI and eating disorders present with comparable problems with regard to emotional dysregulation, the need to control urges (e.g., to cut or to binge or purge), and the need to treat comorbid mental disorders or psychiatric symptoms such as depression or anxiety. Based on the recent literature, this chapter aims to summarize the available literature and give recommendations for the psychopharmacological treatment of these conditions. Due to the limited evidence that is available for this kind of treatment, we strongly recommend to use psychopharmacological treatment only in addition to psychotherapeutic interventions.


Anorexia Nervosa Borderline Personality Disorder Eating Disorder Bulimia Nervosa Dialectical Behavior Therapy 
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Atypical antipsychotics


Borderline personality disorder


Cognitive behavioral therapy


Dialectical behavioral therapy


Neurodevelopmental disorders


Non-suicidal self-injury


Obsessive-compulsive disorder


Pervasive developmental disorder


“Pro re nata” medication


Randomized controlled trial


Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor


Tricyclic antidepressant


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  1. 1.Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and PsychotherapyUniversity of UlmUlmGermany

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