Depression as a correlate of starvation in patients with eating disorders

Reinhold G. Laessle, Ulrich Schweiger, Karl M. Pirke*

*Corresponding author for this work
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The relationship between depressive symptoms and starvation, reflected by body weight and biochemical parameters, was investigated in 64 patients fulfilling DSM-III criteria for anorexia nervosa or bulimia. Multiple regression analysis revealed significant effects of body weight and beta-hydroxybutyric acid, respectively, on such specific depressive symptoms as depressed or dysphoric mood when controlling for severity of psychopathology of the eating disorder.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiological Psychiatry
Issue number7
Pages (from-to)719-725
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 01.04.1988

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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