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The links between body dysmorphic disorder and eating disorders. Eur Psychiatry

II Department of Psychiatry, Medical University Of Lodz, Czechoslowacka 8/10, 92-216, Lodz, Poland.
European Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 3.44). 09/2000; 15(5):302-5. DOI: 10.1016/S0924-9338(00)00398-9
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ABSTRACT The aim of the study was to search for a body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) period preceding the symptoms meeting the criteria of either anorexia or bulimia nervosa, and an evaluation of the prevalence of BDD symptoms in a control group of girls without any eating disorder. Ninety-three girls (12-21 years old ) were included in the study (36 with anorexia nervosa, 17 with bulimia nervosa and 40 healthy controls). The Structured Clinical Interview (SCID), including the BDD module, and a novel questionnaire (for the presence of preceding life events) were used. We found the symptoms of BDD in 25% of anorexia nervosa sufferers for at least six months before observing a clear eating disorder picture. Moreover, other mental disorders were also present among these patients. The results may support the idea that BDD and anorexia nervosa both belong to either OCD or affective disorders spectra.

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