Eating Disorders in Relation to Psychiatric Comorbidity among Teens

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More and more teens throughout the United States are being linked to eating disorders, a major health concern.  With instance rates slightly under that reflected in adults, teens are reported to have at least one other psychiatric comorbidity (commonly suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts).  According to Kathleen Merikangas, Ph.D. of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, “…a majority of teens do appear to be willing to seek help for psychological comorbilities, they do not appear to be receiving treatment specifically for the eating disorder.”

Utilizing the DSM-IV and findings online in Archives in General Psychiatry, Merikangas and colleagues examined eating disorders in the realms of anorexia-nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, as well as broader categories such as sub-threshold anorexia and binge eating. The report suggests that males and females equally reported behaviors of anorexia or sub-threshold binge eating, although females were more likely to report bulimia, binge eating and sub-threshold anorexia.  Click here to read more about the statistics related to this study on MedPage Today.

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