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
5
Tried for
anxious mood (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

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

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

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)

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 (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
increased energy vivid dreams
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

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

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
bizarre dreams cognitive confusion 7 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
nerve sensitivity
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite insomnia 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3) anxious mood (2)
  • 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 21
20s 174
30s 101
40s 58
50s 53
60s 28
70+ 0
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 216
20-29 years 30
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 385

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 251
Not Diagnosed 68

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