Childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders in adult eating disorder patients. A pilot study

Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2005 Dec;14(8):431-7. doi: 10.1007/s00787-005-0494-3.


Background: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been suggested to be overrepresented in anorexia nervosa. This study aimed to explore the comorbidity of ASD and other childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders (COND) [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and tic disorders] in a group of severe eating disorder (ED) patients.

Method: Thirty female ED patients from a specialist hospital clinic were examined on measures tapping into COND and personality disorders.

Results: In our group of longstanding ED, 53% had at least one COND diagnosis; 23% had ASD, 17% had AD/HD, and 27% had a tic disorder.

Conclusions: These preliminary data suggest that COND may be common in patients with severe ED and should be kept in mind when treating these patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity / epidemiology*
  • Autistic Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Comorbidity
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Impulsive Behavior / epidemiology
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Disorders / epidemiology
  • Pilot Projects
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Tic Disorders / epidemiology*