Eating disorder

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What is eating disorder?

Eating disorders are a group of disorders characterized by physiological and psychological disturbances in eating behavior, appetite or food intake.

Common symptoms reported by people with eating disorder

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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with eating disorder

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
17
Tried for
eating disorder (16) Anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
Anxious mood (16) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
11
Tried for
eating disorder (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Insomnia (9) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
Insomnia (8) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Fatigue (6) eating disorder (1)

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

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

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for eating disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxiety attacks Crying 1 more
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
eating disorder (16) Anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (12 evaluations)
Side effects
Crying Disorientation 6 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
Anxious mood (16) Insomnia (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for eating disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
eating disorder (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Seroquel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Drug interactions 7 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Insomnia (9) Anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Amnesia Early morning wakefulness
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Insomnia (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Blackouts Calming 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Auditory hallucinations 8 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Anxious mood (8) Insomnia (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Swallowing difficulty (dysphagia)
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Insomnia (8) Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Binge eating episodes Difficulty falling asleep 3 more
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Anxious mood (7) Depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for Fatigue (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Hypersexuality Tremor in hands
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Fatigue (6) eating disorder (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 17
20s 552
30s 749
40s 662
50s 489
60s 233
70+ 57
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 705
20-29 years 163
30-39 years 66
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

86% Female
14% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,058
Not Diagnosed 1,889

These charts show data from eating disorder patients who have completed their condition history
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