The frequency of depressive symptoms in anorexic patients, the response
of some anorexic patients to antidepressants or ECT, the occurrence of
comparable physiologic abnormalities in major depression and anorexia
nervosa, and family studies of incidence increasingly link depression and
anorexia in the literature. A review of the problems in making this linkage
shows that the possibility of anorexia nervosa as a depressive equivalent
or a depressive spectrum disorder must be seriously questioned.