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Affective disorder and substance abuse in women with bulimia

  • Dorothy Hatsukami (a1), Elke Eckert (a1), James E. Mitchell (a1) and Richard Pyle (a1)

One hundred and eight women with bulimia were evaluated for affective disorder and alcohol or drug abuse, by means of the DSM-III diagnostic criteria. In this sample, 43·5% had a history of affective disorder and 18·5% had a history of alcohol or drug abuse. Approximately 56% of the bulimia patients scored within the moderate to severe range of depression on the Beck Depression Inventory.

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1Address for correspondence: Dr D. Hatsukami, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Box 393 Mayo Memorial Building, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.
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Psychological Medicine
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