25. Personality Disorder and Eating Disorder: The Management of Eating Disorders in People with Co-Morbid Personality Disorder

  1. John R. E. Fox3 and
  2. Ken P. Goss4
  1. Mark J. Sampson1,
  2. Magdalene Sampson2 and
  3. John R. E. Fox3

Published Online: 3 OCT 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch25

Eating and its Disorders

Eating and its Disorders

How to Cite

Sampson, M. J., Sampson, M. and Fox, J. R. E. (2012) Personality Disorder and Eating Disorder: The Management of Eating Disorders in People with Co-Morbid Personality Disorder, in Eating and its Disorders (eds J. R. E. Fox and K. P. Goss), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118328910.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

  2. 4

    Coventry Eating Disorders Service, United Kingdom

Author Information

  1. 1

    5 Boroughs Partnership Foundation Trust Personality Disorder Hub Service, UK

  2. 2

    Greater Manchester West Eating Disorder Service, UK

  3. 3

    Division of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 OCT 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 OCT 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470683545

Online ISBN: 9781118328910

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Keywords:

  • clinical issues;
  • co-morbid personality disorder;
  • eating disorder (ED)

Summary

With the aid of two cases examples, this chapter explores some of the key issues that clinicians have to grapple with in working with clients with both an eating disorder (ED) and a personality disorder. First, it outlines what personality disorders are, the classification systems and which personality disorders are most commonly seen alongside EDs. This chapter touches upon the two main diagnostic classification systems of personality disorders, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the International Classification for Diseases (ICD). It highlights some of the methodological and ethical considerations surrounding diagnosing personality disorders and considers whether diagnosis is of value in ED services. The chapter then discusses the impact that having these co-morbid problems has on the treatment process and outcome before finally making recommendations regarding the real challenging questions that clients with co-morbid personality disorder and ED present.