Comparison of mental health treatment status and use of antidepressants in men and women with eating disorders

Priyanka Thapliyal, Deborah Mitchison, Caroline Miller, Jacqueline Bowden, David Alejandro González-Chica, Nigel Stocks, Stephen Touyz, Phillipa Hay

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Mental health treatment status and antidepressant use were investigated among men and women with an eating disorder (ED) who were interviewed in a general population survey of 3005 adults (aged ≥15 years). Compared to women, men with an ED were significantly less likely to receive treatment for a mental health problem or to be currently using an antidepressant. On multivariate analyses, female gender, lower mental health-related quality of life, and lower weight/shape overvaluation were significant predictors of receiving treatment and antidepressant use. Treatment was less likely in men and in people with higher ED cognitions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-262
Number of pages15
JournalEating Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2018


  • Eating disorder
  • antidepressant
  • men
  • treatment status
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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