Clinical findings in patients with anorexia nervosa and affective illness in their relatives

E. S. Gershon, J. L. Schreiber, J. R. Hamovit, E. D. Dibble, W. Kaye, J. I. Nurnberger, A. E. Andersen, M. Ebert

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Abstract

The most prevalent psychiatric disorders in the families of patients with anorexia nervosa are bipolar and unipolar major affective disorder. The presence of affective disorder, self-induced vomiting, or bulimia in the patient is not predictive of affective illness in the relatives. Thus these features do not define genetic heterogeneity within anorexia nervosa. There may be genetic factors shared between anorexia nervosa and affective disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1419-1422
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume141
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Gershon, E. S., Schreiber, J. L., Hamovit, J. R., Dibble, E. D., Kaye, W., Nurnberger, J. I., Andersen, A. E., & Ebert, M. (1984). Clinical findings in patients with anorexia nervosa and affective illness in their relatives. American Journal of Psychiatry, 141(11), 1419-1422. https://doi.org/10.1176/ajp.141.11.1419