Childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders in adult eating disorder patients. A pilot study

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Background 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.
Method Thirty female ED patients from a specialist hospital clinic were examined on measures tapping into COND and personality disorders.
Results 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.
Conclusions These preliminary data suggest that COND may be common in patients with severe ED and should be kept in mind when treating these patients.


  • Elisabet Wentz
  • J Hubert Lacey
  • Glenn Waller
  • Maria Råstam
  • Jeremy Turk
  • Christopher Gillberg
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Psychiatry


  • * Adolescent * Adult * Age of Onset * Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity/epidemiology* * Autistic Disorder/epidemiology* * Comorbidity * Eating Disorders/epidemiology* * Female * Humans * Impulsive Behavior/epidemiology * Middle Aged * Personality Disorders/epidemiology * Pilot Projects * Sweden/epidemiology * Tic Disorders/epidemiology*
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-7
JournalEuropean Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes