Comparison of bulimics, obese binge eaters, social phobics, and individuals with panic disorder on comorbidity across DSM-III-R anxiety disorders

J Abnorm Psychol. 1992 Nov;101(4):675-81. doi: 10.1037//0021-843x.101.4.675.


Eighty-two women, presenting as normal-weight bulimics, obese binge eaters, social phobics, and individuals with panic disorder, were compared on anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. All were administered the Anxiety Disorder Interview Schedule-Revised and completed the Michigan Alcohol Screening Test, Drug Abuse Screening Test, and Self-Consciousness Scale. A striking proportion of eating disorder subjects were comorbid for one or more anxiety disorders, the most frequent diagnoses being generalized anxiety disorder and social phobia. The results suggest that the place of anxiety in bulimia nervosa goes beyond that discussed within the context of the anxiety reduction model. Conflicting comorbidity findings among this and prior investigations are noted, however, and discussed in terms of the issue of differential diagnosis between eating and anxiety disorders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Bulimia / epidemiology*
  • Bulimia / psychology
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • New York / epidemiology
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder / psychology
  • Panic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Panic Disorder / psychology
  • Personality Inventory
  • Phobic Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*