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Depression in anorexia nervosa

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2009

Elke D. Eckert*
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota, The National Institute of Mental Health, The University of Iowa, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, USA
Solomon C. Goldberg
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota, The National Institute of Mental Health, The University of Iowa, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, USA
Katherine A. Halmi
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota, The National Institute of Mental Health, The University of Iowa, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, USA
Regina C. Casper
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota, The National Institute of Mental Health, The University of Iowa, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, USA
John M. Davis
Affiliation:
University of Minnesota, The National Institute of Mental Health, The University of Iowa, Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, USA
*
1Address for correspondence: Dr Elke D. Eckert, Box 393 Mayo Building, University of Minnesota Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.

Synopsis

In three collaborating institutions 105 hospitalized female anorexia nervosa patients were assessed for depressive symptomatology periodically during treatment. As a whole, patients were mildly to moderately depressed, being as depressed as anxious neurotics and less depressed than depressed neurotics. The more depressed patients showed a variety of characteristics, many of which have previously been shown to be indicators of poor prognosis. Over the course of treatment patients became less depressed. Weight gain was correlated with a decrease in depression.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1982

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