An Adolescent Male with Features of EDNOS and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Tovah Yanover, University of South Florida
Joel Kevin Thompson, University of South Florida
D. M. Straub


The current article describes the case of a 13-year-old boy with mixed diagnostic features suggestive of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS) and obsessive-compulsive disorder.A multimodal assessment approach was used to unravel the symptoms in this case. Initial presentation of the case had predominant features of EDNOS, however, obsessive-compulsive disorder features appeared to better explain disordered eating characteristics as the case progressed. In particular, the presence of intrusive images hindered his ability to consume food.A variety of psychological approaches, including components of family and cognitive-behavioral strategies had a slight impact on symptoms. Medication seemed to have a more substantial effect.This rather unique case, which contained features of EDNOS and obsessive compulsive disorder, illustrates the need for an ongoing multimodal assessment and interdisciplinary treatment approach.