Anorexia nervosa

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What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a syndrome in which the primary features include excessive fear of becoming overweight, body image disturbance, significant weight loss, refusal to maintain minimal normal weight, and amenorrhea. This disorder occurs most frequently in adolescent females.

Common symptoms reported by people with anorexia nervosa

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with anorexia nervosa

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anorexia nervosa (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anorexia nervosa (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anorexia nervosa (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)

Data from patients with anorexia nervosa, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with anorexia nervosa

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
anxious mood (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
fatigue
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (4) anorexia nervosa (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for anorexia nervosa (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anorexia nervosa (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
upset stomach
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
increased appetite fatigue 1 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
frequent urination nervousness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
migraine headaches
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anorexia nervosa (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Pristiq)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with anorexia nervosa, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has anorexia nervosa on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 26
20s 170
30s 93
40s 58
50s 43
60s 24
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 211
20-29 years 29
30-39 years 5
40-49 years 8
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 2
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 43
Female 364

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 244
Not Diagnosed 66

These charts show data from anorexia nervosa patients who have completed their condition history
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