Serum lipid levels in patients with dissociative disorder

Am J Psychiatry. 2004 Nov;161(11):2121-3. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.161.11.2121.

Abstract

Objective: There may be an association between a low serum cholesterol level and dissociative disorders.

Method: The subjects of the study were 16 patients with dissociative disorder and 16 normal comparison subjects (two men and 14 women in each group). Total cholesterol, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, and very low density lipoprotein levels were compared.

Results: Patients with dissociative disorders had lower serum triglyceride, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein, and very low density lipoprotein levels than normal comparison subjects.

Conclusions: Low serum lipid concentrations may be related to a high incidence of self-injurious behaviors and borderline features in patients with dissociative disorders.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Borderline Personality Disorder / epidemiology
  • Cholesterol / blood
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood
  • Cholesterol, VLDL / blood
  • Comorbidity
  • Dissociative Disorders / blood*
  • Dissociative Disorders / diagnosis
  • Dissociative Disorders / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypolipoproteinemias / blood*
  • Hypolipoproteinemias / diagnosis
  • Incidence
  • Lipids / blood*
  • Male
  • Self-Injurious Behavior / epidemiology
  • Serotonin / deficiency
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Triglycerides / blood

Substances

  • Cholesterol, LDL
  • Cholesterol, VLDL
  • Lipids
  • Triglycerides
  • Serotonin
  • Cholesterol