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
6
Tried for
eating disorder (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
5
Tried for
eating disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
fatigue (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (2)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Marijuana)
Type
Other
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (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 (5 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
eating disorder (5) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for eating disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
eating disorder (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (4 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (4) depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
blackouts calming 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (6 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood depressed mood 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
fatigue (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Marijuana)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood increased appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (4) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling of disconnection lethargic in the the morning 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (3) depressed mood (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?

  • 1 new patients joined this month
  • 221 say eating disorder is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 13
20s 349
30s 823
40s 693
50s 565
60s 319
70+ 95
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 720
20-29 years 165
30-39 years 67
40-49 years 31
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 3
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 400
Female 2461

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1099
Not Diagnosed 1880

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