Medical management of obesity associated with mental disorders

J Clin Psychiatry. 2002:63 Suppl 4:24-32.


Obesity and mental disorders are major public health problems that co-occur to a significant degree. They also significantly overlap in phenomenology and response to medications. However, many psychotropic agents have adverse effects on appetite, binge eating, and weight. In this review, we aim to improve understanding of the relationship between obesity and mental illness and provide practical clinical guidelines for the management of obesity associated with mental disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Anti-Obesity Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antipsychotic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / complications*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders / complications*
  • Mood Disorders / drug therapy
  • Obesity / drug therapy
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / psychology*
  • Schizophrenia / complications*
  • Schizophrenia / drug therapy


  • Anti-Obesity Agents
  • Antipsychotic Agents