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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
15
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
anxious mood (9) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
9
Tried for
eating disorder (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
8
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
8
Tried for
eating disorder (8) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
fatigue (7) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (4) eating disorder (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (2)

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 (12 evaluations)
Side effects
crying tiredness
Total evaluations
17
Tried for
eating disorder (16) anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
crying disorientation 5 more
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
anxious mood (15)
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 (9) depressed mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for eating disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
eating disorder (9)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (5 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling of disconnection lethargic in the the morning 3 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
pain (5) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for eating disorder (2 evaluations)
Side effects
fear
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
eating disorder (8) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (6 evaluations)
Side effects
hypersexuality insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
fatigue (7) depressed mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (5) depressed mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue head pain
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (4) eating disorder (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
deadened emotions decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (6) anxious mood (2)
  • 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 11
20s 501
30s 780
40s 670
50s 519
60s 255
70+ 71
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 717
20-29 years 164
30-39 years 66
40-49 years 30
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 397
Female 2,411

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,086
Not Diagnosed 1,888

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