Axis I comorbidity onset and parasuicide in women with eating disorders
Version of Record online: 25 FEB 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 190–197, March 2004
How to Cite
Wildman, P., Lilenfeld, L. R.R. and Marcus, M. D. (2004), Axis I comorbidity onset and parasuicide in women with eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 35: 190–197. doi: 10.1002/eat.10213
- Issue online: 25 FEB 2004
- Version of Record online: 25 FEB 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 FEB 2003
- eating disorders;
We examined differences in the onset pattern of comorbid disorders in eating-disordered women with and without a history of parasuicide to elucidate potential etiologic differences between the two groups.
Fifty-four women with a current or past eating disorder partcipated. Of these women, 27 had a history of suicide attempts and self-injury and 27 had no history of suicide attempts or self-injury. The age and pattern of onset for the eating disorder relative to comorbid major depression, anxiety disorder, and substance use disorder were compared between the groups.
The onset of major depression and anxiety disorders occurred at a younger age in the parasuicidal group. In addition, the onset of major depression in the parasuicidal group occurred significantly more often before the onset of the eating disorder.
The eating disorder may be secondary to a mood disturbance in women with parasuicidal histories. © 2004 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 35: 190–197, 2004.