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      Alexithymia and depression in eating disorders

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      Psychiatry Research
      Elsevier BV

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          We compared alexithymia and depression ratings for non-hospitalized women meeting DSM-IV criteria for anorexia nervosa (n=32) and bulimia nervosa (n=32) to ratings for healthy women (n=74). Alexithymia was evaluated by the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) and depression by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD). TAS and HAD scores were significantly higher in anorexic compared to bulimic patients, although these two scales were significantly and positively correlated (r=0.53, P=0.001). After taking depression into account as a confounding variable, rates of alexithymia did not vary according to the type of eating disorder (anorexia or bulimia).

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          Journal
          Psychiatry Research
          Psychiatry Research
          Elsevier BV
          01651781
          April 2000
          April 2000
          : 93
          : 3
          : 263-266
          Article
          10.1016/S0165-1781(00)00109-8
          10760385
          9ab8e52a-f663-478a-acf2-c76ee57c5646
          © 2000

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