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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Disordered Eating

01 Aug 2017

More than 30 years ago, the first report of using stimulant medication to help decrease binge/purge behavior in a clinical population was reported [1]. The authors noted that patients exhibited diminished appetite as well as decreases in observed food consumption following the intravenous administration of methylamphetamine. Given that similar medications are used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and that impulsivity is both a core component of ADHD and frequently seen in patients with bulimia nervosa (BN), later authors reported the use of methylphenidate to decrease in binge/purge behaviors in selected patients with BN [2,3].

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