Background: Functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) is a form of anovulation, due to the suppression of hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis, not related to identifiable organic causes. Like adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN), subjects with FHA show dysfunctional attitudes, low self-esteem, depressive mood, anxiety and inability to cope with daily stress. The aim of the study is to examine similarities and differences between FHA and AN in terms of clinical profiles and psychological variables. Methods: 21 adolescents with FHA, 21 adolescents with anorexia nervosa, and 21 healthy adolescents were included in the study. All the teenagers completed a battery of self-administered psychological tests for the detection of behaviors and symptoms attributable to the presence of an eating disorder (EDI-2), depression (CDI), and alexithymia (TAS-20). Results: Different from healthy controls, subjects with FHA and with AN shared common psychopathological aspects, such as maturity issues, social insecurity and introversion, a tendency to depression, excessive concerns with dieting, and fear of gaining weight. Nevertheless, adolescents with AN presented a more profound psychopathological disorder as observed at test comparisons with subjects with FHA. Conclusions: Results show a clinical spectrum that includes AN and FHA and suggest the necessity to treat FHA with a multidisciplinary approach for both organic and psychological aspects. © 2013 Springer International Publishing.
Bomba, M., Corbetta, F., Bonini, L., Gambera, A., Tremolizzo, L., Neri, F., et al. (2014). Psychopathological traits of adolescents with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea: a comparison with anorexia nervosa. EATING AND WEIGHT DISORDERS, 19(1), 41-48 [10.1007/s40519-013-0056-5].
|Citazione:||Bomba, M., Corbetta, F., Bonini, L., Gambera, A., Tremolizzo, L., Neri, F., et al. (2014). Psychopathological traits of adolescents with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea: a comparison with anorexia nervosa. EATING AND WEIGHT DISORDERS, 19(1), 41-48 [10.1007/s40519-013-0056-5].|
|Tipo:||Articolo in rivista - Articolo scientifico|
|Carattere della pubblicazione:||Scientifica|
|Presenza di un coautore afferente ad Istituzioni straniere:||No|
|Titolo:||Psychopathological traits of adolescents with functional hypothalamic amenorrhea: a comparison with anorexia nervosa|
|Autori:||Bomba, M; Corbetta, F; Bonini, L; Gambera, A; Tremolizzo, L; Neri, F; Nacinovich, R|
BOMBA, MONICA (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Rivista:||EATING AND WEIGHT DISORDERS|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40519-013-0056-5|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|