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Preoccupation with appearance 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.

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

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  1. Assess nature of preoccupation with appearance

    Why: e.g. central fear of weight gain, distorted body image, preoccupation with a perceived defect in one's appearance.

  2. Previous weight history?

    Why: e.g. 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: e.g. the anorexic patient may be dependent, immature, perfectionist, afraid of growing up; certain types of personality disorders may feature a preoccupation with appearance such as narcissistic personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and obsessional personality disorder.

  4. Family interpersonal relationships?

    Why: there may be problematic family interpersonal relationships which need exploration in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, depression and in certain personality disorders.

  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. Symptoms of depression?

    Why: e.g. depressed mood, crying spells, irritability, anhedonia (loss of interest or pleasure), increase or decrease in appetite (usually decreased), weight loss or gain, insomnia or increased sleeping (usually early morning waking), fatigue, loss of energy, feelings of worthlessness, feelings of excessive guilt, poor concentration, difficulty making decisions, low libido, thoughts of death or suicide attempt. Depression may also cause a preoccupation with appearance.

  10. Symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder?

    Why: e.g. preoccupation with a perceived defect in one's appearance. If a slight defect is present, which others hardly notice, then the concern is regarded a markedly excessive. The preoccupation must cause significant distress or impairment in one's occupational or social functioning.

  11. Symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder?

    Why: e.g. inability to love others, tendency to use people and then discard them, lack of regard for the feelings of others, grandiosity, an insatiable need for admiration, lack of empathy with others. Their manner is arrogant, haughty, superior and dismissive. A failure to live up to their expectations of themselves may lead to depression.

  12. Symptoms of puberty?

    Why: Adolescents have a heightened awareness of bodily change, they are normally narcissistic and thus are preoccupied with issues of adequacy. Young adolescents are often concerned that their growth and development are not progressing normally. For boys, in particular, the psychological effects of being slow to develop, too short or too thin in comparison with one's peers can be profound, while excessive tallness may provide particular difficulties for girls.

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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