Attention-deficit hyperactivity symptoms and disorder in eating disorder inpatients
Article first published online: 29 NOV 2008
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 42, Issue 4, pages 375–378, May 2009
How to Cite
Yates, W. R., Lund, B. C., Johnson, C., Mitchell, J. and McKee, P. (2009), Attention-deficit hyperactivity symptoms and disorder in eating disorder inpatients. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 42: 375–378. doi: 10.1002/eat.20627
- Issue published online: 6 APR 2009
- Article first published online: 29 NOV 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 OCT 2008
- anorexia nervosa;
- bulimia nervosa;
The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms and a DSM-IV ADHD diagnosis in women admitted for treatment of an eating disorder.
One hundred eighty-nine inpatient women with an eating disorder were interviewed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I) and ADHD interview from the Multi-international Psychiatric Interview (MINI).
Twenty-one percent of the sample reported at least six current ADHD symptoms, but the estimated prevalence rate for a diagnosis of ADHD in this population was only 5.8% (95% CI: 2.6%–9.5%). Most current ADHD inattentive symptoms appeared after childhood suggesting late-onset non-ADHD origins. Current inattention symptoms in those without a diagnosis of ADHD correlated with higher BMI (p < .0001), symptoms of bulimia nervosa and current level of depression symptoms (p = .025).
Although current ADHD symptoms were commonly endorsed in this population, clinicians should carefully examine for childhood symptom-onset of ADHD. © 2008 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 2009