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Preoccupation with appearance

Preoccupation with appearance: Introduction

Preoccupation with appearance: Unusual concern over one's personal body appearance. See detailed information below for a list of 10 causes of Preoccupation with appearance, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Preoccupation with appearance:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Preoccupation with appearance. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Preoccupation with appearance

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Preoccupation with appearance: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Preoccupation with appearance, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Stories from Users for Preoccupation with appearance

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Message Boards for Preoccupation with appearance

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Diagnostic tests for Preoccupation with appearance:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Preoccupation with appearance. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Measure body mass index (BMI) - i.e. weight in kg/(height in metres) squared. Anorexia nervosa is less than 17.5.
    • Examine for signs of anorexia nervosa - e.g. wearing heavy clothes to mask thinness, cold blue extremities, fine downy hair on back and face, slow pulse, low blood pressure, low body temperature, delayed or arrested pubertal development (if onset is pre-pubertal), swelling of ankles if protein deficient, cardiac arrhythmia.
    • Examine for signs of bulimia nervosa - e.g. cardiac arrhythmia, dental decay and swollen salivary glands due to vomiting and dehydration due to diuretic abuse.
  • Mental state examination - including appearance, behavior, rate and continuity of speech, mood, affect, thought content, evidence of any hallucinations or abnormal beliefs, orientation to time, place and person, attention and concentration, short-term memory, insight and judgement.
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Preoccupation with appearance: Comorbid Symptoms

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Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Preoccupation with appearance

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Preoccupation with appearance. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Preoccupation with appearance: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Preoccupation with appearance

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Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical conditions, more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care physicians. more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of eating disorders or symptoms of eating more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be overlooked. See misdiagnosis more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see more »

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Preoccupation with appearance: Related Rare Diseases

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Preoccupation with appearance: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Detailed list of causes of Preoccupation with appearance

The list below shows some of the causes of Preoccupation with appearance mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Preoccupation with appearance?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Preoccupation with appearance. Of the 10 causes of Preoccupation with appearance that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 2 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 7 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Preoccupation with appearance:

The following list of conditions have 'Preoccupation with appearance' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Preoccupation with appearance Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Preoccupation with appearance based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Preoccupation with appearance?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Preoccupation with appearance, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Preoccupation with appearance:

    Medical Conditions associated with Preoccupation with appearance:

    Personality symptoms (4029 causes)

    Symptoms related to Preoccupation with appearance:

    Normal behavior, Body image issues, Anorexia nervosa, Bulimia nervosa (3 causes), Clinical depression, Social phobia, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Histrionic personality disorder (4 causes), Narcissistic personality disorder, Gender Identity disorder

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