Attention, executive functions, and mentalizing in anorexia nervosa eighteen years after onset of eating disorder

I. Carina Gillberg, Eva Billstedt, Elisabet Wentz, Henrik Anckarsater, Maria Råstam, Christopher Gillberg

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Abstract

Objective: Prospective study of attention, executive functions, and mentalizing abilities in a representative sample of teenage-onset anorexia nervosa (AN). Method: A total of 51 AN cases recruited after community screening were contrasted with 51 matched comparison cases 18 years after AN onset. Neuropsychological tests had been done at 21, 24, and 32 years (18 years after AN onset). Results: The AN-group had more attention, executive function, and mentalizing problems. Some of these problems had been present at all three follow-up occasions. Conclusions: AN is associated with a range of neuropsychological problems that are present long after the eating disorder per se is no longer an important feature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-365
JournalJournal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychiatry

Keywords

  • Attention
  • Neuropsychology
  • Population-based
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Long-term outcome
  • Executive function

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