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Body image symptoms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Body image symptoms. 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.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Assess nature of central fear of weight gain and distorted body image
  2. Previous weight history?

    Why: the anorexic patient is often overweight during her younger childhood years and may have been teased for being so.

  3. Assess patient's personality characteristics

    Why: the anorexic patient may be dependent, immature, perfectionist, afraid of growing up.

  4. Family interpersonal relationships?

    Why: there are often problematic family interpersonal relationships which need exploration in both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

  5. Family crises?

    Why: e.g. parent's marriage break-up - maintaining factors are sometimes very important in prolonging what might otherwise have been a brief episode of dieting.

  6. Family history?

    Why: depression, anxiety and eating disorders can run in families.

  7. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. refusal to maintain normal body weight, loss of more than 25% of original body weight, intense fear of becoming fat, preoccupation with calorie counting, avoidance of all carbohydrate, fainting.

  8. Symptoms of bulimia nervosa?

    Why: e.g. recurrent episodes of binge eating; preoccupation with food and weight changes; consumption of high calorie, easily digested food during the binge; termination of the binge by abdominal pain, sleep or vomiting; inconspicuous eating during a binge; repeated attempts to lose weight by frequent vomiting, fasting or use of laxatives or diuretics; frequent fluctuations of more than 4.5kg; awareness of abnormal eating pattern and fear of not being able to stop voluntarily; depressed mood after binge. May have a previous history of anorexia nervosa.

  9. Menstrual irregularities?

    Why: due to weight loss. Anorexia nervosa associated with lack of menstrual periods. Bulimia associated with irregular menstrual periods or rarely lack of menstrual periods.

  10. Lack of sexual interest in males and females and impotence in men?

    Why: due to depression or hormonal disturbance as a result of weight loss.

  11. Symptoms of depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsiveness?

    Why: may be associated with either anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

  12. Suicidal thoughts?

    Why: may be associated with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

  13. Symptoms of other disorders that may cause weight loss?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, hyperthyroidism, inflammatory bowel disease.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Body image symptoms:

The following list of conditions have 'Body image symptoms' 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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