Generalized anxiety disorder

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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

An anxiety disorder characterized by free-floating, persistent, and excessive worry for at least six months. Symptoms are variable but include complaints of persistent nervousness, trembling, muscular tensions, sweating, lightheadedness, palpitations, dizziness, and epigastric discomfort.

Common symptoms reported by people with generalized anxiety 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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with generalized anxiety disorder

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

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
435
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (431) Depressed mood (13)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
317
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (238) Depressed mood (182)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
314
Tried for
Anxious mood (257) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
311
Tried for
Depressed mood (224) generalized anxiety disorder (108)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
305
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (249) Depressed mood (100)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
270
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (218) Anxious mood (106)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
211
Tried for
Depressed mood (168) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
193
Tried for
Pain (126) generalized anxiety disorder (51)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
Anxious mood (99) Depressed mood (71)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
Insomnia (159) generalized anxiety disorder (7)
4 more

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

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

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (238 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Depressed mood 61 more
Total evaluations
295
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (431) Depressed mood (13)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (135 evaluations)
Side effects
Anxious mood Dizziness 105 more
Total evaluations
228
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (238) Depressed mood (182)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (172 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 53 more
Total evaluations
208
Tried for
Anxious mood (257) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (139 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Nausea 98 more
Total evaluations
228
Tried for
Depressed mood (224) generalized anxiety disorder (108)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (128 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Weight gain 87 more
Total evaluations
222
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (249) Depressed mood (100)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (134 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Dizziness and feeling faint 51 more
Total evaluations
172
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (218) Anxious mood (106)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (86 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Decreased sex drive (libido) 76 more
Total evaluations
133
Tried for
Depressed mood (168) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (70 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain 56 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
Pain (126) generalized anxiety disorder (51)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (79 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Decreased sex drive (libido) 73 more
Total evaluations
136
Tried for
Anxious mood (99) Depressed mood (71)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (85 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Grogginess 48 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
Insomnia (159) generalized anxiety disorder (7)
4 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 297
20s 3,626
30s 7,739
40s 8,635
50s 6,478
60s 2,742
70+ 516
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4,253
20-29 years 1,910
30-39 years 1,292
40-49 years 759
50-59 years 259
60-69 years 56
70+ years 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

72% Female
28% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 11,420
Not Diagnosed 2,911

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