Last week’s seminar was led by Panagiota Kaisari, a Doctoral Researcher in the lab. Her talk was entitled Attention Deficit Hyperativity Disorder (ADHD) and Disordered Eating.
Accumulating evidence suggests a strong link between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Eating Disorders (EDs) and/or Disordered Eating (DE) behaviours. However, still remains unclear whether ADHD relates to specific types of EDs and DE behaviours, such as binge eating and restrictive eating behaviours, and what are the mechanisms underlying these associations. What is more, the role of core symptoms of ADHD in the development of EDs and DE behaviours has been rarely investigated. In this presentation, I will provide a background of the existing research in the field highlighting our main findings from a systematic review in ADHD & Disordered Eating Behaviour, which involved the systematic evaluation of 72 studies and will present findings from two research studies that tried to answer some of the outstanding questions in the field. In accordance with the National Institute of Mental Health Research Domain Criteria Initiative (RDoC), which encourages research on dimensions of observable behaviour rather than a categorical, symptom-based approach to the study of mental health, we studied ADHD and DE using a dimensional approach. Clinical implications of our findings will be discussed, along with suggestions for future research.