Are antidepressants appetite suppressants in bulimia nervosa?

E. M. Rossiter, W. S. Agras, U. McCann, J. A. Schneider, K. G. Gotestam

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The present study tested two hypotheses about the mechanism of action of antidepressant medication in the treatment of bulimia nervosa. These were whether antidepressant medication exerts its effect on bulimia by a) reducing fluctuations in negative mood; or b) by suppressing appetite. Our results suggest that antidepressants exert their influence on bulimia nervosa through appetite suppression. We explain these results in terms of restraint theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-231
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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