Eating disturbance and severe personality disorder: Outcome of specialist treatment for severe personality disorder
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Objective: To assess the outcome for patients receiving specialist democratic therapeutic community treatment for personality disorder (PD) when they also have eating disturbance. Method: Prospective, naturalistic study. Personality psychopathology and disturbed eating attitudes of 135 male and female referrals to tertiary treatment for PD were assessed at referral. Seventy-five referrals were admitted for treatment and 60 were not. Participants were reassessed at 1-year follow-up. Results: There was a significant effect of treatment on dieting but not other aspects of eating disturbance. However, patients with eating disturbance were not more likely than those without to terminate treatment early or to have poorer outcome in terms of their personality pathology. Severity of baseline personality pathology did not predict treatment response. Conclusion: Clients with comorbidity should be considered for treatment of the personality disorder prior to treatment for the eating disorder. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and Eating Disorders Association.