Body dysmorphic disorder

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What is body dysmorphic disorder?

Body dysmorphic disorder is a condition in which the affected person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by a perceived defect in his or her physical features or body image. It usually begins during adolescence and may be somewhat more common among women.

Common symptoms reported by people with body dysmorphic 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 body dysmorphic disorder

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

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

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

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
crying none 1 more
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Valium)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
tiredness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Nuvigil)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (2 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Essential Oils)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuTrans Transdermal Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation nausea
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
binge eating episodes dizziness and feeling faint 2 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
stress (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 51
30s 44
40s 29
50s 22
60s 5
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 50
20-29 years 7
30-39 years 1
40-49 years 5
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 44
Not Diagnosed 38

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