Research Themes

How common are comorbid disorders with EDs?
What is the longitudinal relationship of these comorbid symptoms?

Psychiatric, psychological and medical comorbidities in ED individuals are common. Research demonstrates that 55 - 97% of individuals diagnosed with an ED, also receive a diagnosis for at least one more psychiatric and/or medical diagnosis. The most common psychiatric comorbidities associated with EDs include major depressive disorder, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), autism, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use disorders, suicide and borderline personality disorder. Our team has undertaken research on a range of these comorbid disorders, with a focus on the longitudinal relationship of the associated comorbid symptomatology. More recently we are also aiming to assess transdiagnostic factors for EDs and these other comorbid disorders.

Selected Publications:

Puccio, F., Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, M., Ong, D., & Krug, I. (2016). A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis on the Longitudinal Relationship Between Eating Pathology and Depression. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EATING DISORDERS, 49(5), 439-454. doi:10.1002/eat.22506

Krug, I., Treasure, J., Anderluh, M., Bellodi, L., Cellini, E., Di Bernardo, M., . . . Fernandez-Aranda, F. (2008). Present and lifetime comorbidity of tobacco, alcohol and drug use in eating disorders: A European multicenter study. DRUG AND ALCOHOL DEPENDENCE, 97(1-2), 169-179. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2008.04.015

Jimenez-Murcia, S., Fernandez-Aranda, F., Raich, R. M., Alonso, P., Krug, I., Jaurrieta, N., . . . Vallejo, J. (2007). Obsessive-compulsive and eating disorders: Comparison of clinical and personality features. PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES, 61(4), 385-391. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1819.2007.01673.x