Francisco J Vaz-Leal

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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether the subtype of anorexia nervosa (AN) could influence the bulimic syndrome and treatment response in bulimia nervosa (BN) patients with a history of AN (BN/AN+). METHOD Seventy female BN patients were assessed for eating disorder, psychopathology and personality, and treated for 6 months. RESULTS BN/AN+ patients retained(More)
OBJECTIVE The study aimed to analyze the correlation between lymphocyte counts and several psychopathological variables associated with psychological instability (depression, hostility, impulsivity, self-defeating personality traits, and borderline personality symptoms) in patients with bulimia nervosa (BN). METHOD Sixty BN patients were assessed, using(More)
The association between lymphocyte subsets and several psychopathological variables which had proved to be able to affect immune cell count in other conditions was investigated in bulimia nervosa patients. Sixty-seven female bulimia nervosa patients and 29 female healthy controls were assessed for nutritional status (weight, blood cells, lymphocyte subsets,(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims were to see which temperament and character dimensions were associated with depression, mainly with its outcome at two-year follow up in eating disorders (EDs). METHODS Participants (N=151) were 44 Anorexia nervosa (AN), 55 Bulimia nervosa (BN) and 52 Eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS) patients. The Beck Depression(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze the capability of a set of neurobiological and psychopathological variables to discriminate bulimia nervosa (BN) patients from healthy controls. METHOD Seventy-five female patients with purging BN and 30 healthy controls were compared for psychopathology (impulsivity, borderline personality traits, depressive symptoms and(More)
The previous literature about comorbidity between eating disorders (ED) and other DSM-IV psychiatric disorders in adolescence has employed cross-sectional studies with clinical samples, where the comorbid disorders were diagnosed retrospectively. The present study aims to overcome these limitations by the analysis of comorbidity in a community population(More)
INTRODUCTION Pharmacotherapy for the management of obesity is primarily aimed at weight loss, weight loss maintenance and risk reduction (reduction in body fat, risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the incidence of diabetes mellitus). Among drugs that have been evaluated for weight loss include antidepressants (fluoxetine) and antiepileptic(More)
The effect of antidepressant treatment was evaluated in a group of outpatients with symptoms of depressive illness ("dysthymic disorder" and "major depression", according to DSM-III criteria) with regard to the expectations they had for the results of the therapy. Therefore, patient ideas about the efficacy of the treatment, psychiatrist capability,(More)
INTRODUCTION The study aimed to analyze the role of depression and impulsivity in the psychopathology of bulimia nervosa (BN). MATERIALS AND METHODS Seventy female patients with DSM-IV BN, purging subtype, were assessed for eating-related symptoms, body dissatisfaction, affective symptoms, impulsivity, and personality traits. Factor analysis and(More)