Relation of Clinical Variables to Dissociative Phenomena in Eating Disorders
Demitrack M A~~et al
30 female patients with eating disorders were compared with 30 age-matched normal female Ss. Patients demonstrated higher levels of dissociative psychopathology. The presence of severe dissociative experience appeared to be specifically related to a propensity for self-mutilation & suicidal behavior. Findings are discussed in light of recent data which suggest that abnormal neurochemical systems in eating disorder patients may be key pathophysiologic substrates for dissociative experience.