Relationship of the eating disorders to depression biological similarities and differences

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  • Katherine A. Halmi M.D.

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    1. Dr. Halmi is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, and Director, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa Treatment Program, New York Hospital-Westchester Division, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, New York 10605
    • Dr. K. A. Halmi, Cornell University Medical College, Westchester Division, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, New York 10605
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Abstract

Behavioral signs and symptoms and biological similarities present in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and depressive disorder have been the spur for a variety of investigations comparing the eating disorders with affective disorder. These studies have examined and compared the phenomenology, family history, and neuroendocrinology of these disorders. A review of all the pertinent studies does not allow one to conclude that the eating disorders are a form of affective disorder.

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