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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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
324
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (319) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
270
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (224) anxious mood (109)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
230
Tried for
anxious mood (181) generalized anxiety disorder (65)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
230
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (156) depressed mood (132)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
223
Tried for
depressed mood (150) generalized anxiety disorder (89)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
219
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (159) depressed mood (79)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
168
Tried for
pain (100) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
160
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (72)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
Tried for
anxious mood (125) generalized anxiety disorder (32)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
146
Tried for
depressed mood (110) generalized anxiety disorder (41)
1 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 (187 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 39 more
Total evaluations
225
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (319) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (112 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 51 more
Total evaluations
146
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (224) anxious mood (109)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (98 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 31 more
Total evaluations
137
Tried for
anxious mood (181) generalized anxiety disorder (65)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (107 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 89 more
Total evaluations
170
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (156) depressed mood (132)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (102 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 83 more
Total evaluations
164
Tried for
depressed mood (150) generalized anxiety disorder (89)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (73 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 97 more
Total evaluations
149
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (159) depressed mood (79)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 39 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
pain (100) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (72 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 71 more
Total evaluations
137
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (72)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (59 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
anxious mood (125) generalized anxiety disorder (32)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (61 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 54 more
Total evaluations
101
Tried for
depressed mood (110) generalized anxiety disorder (41)
1 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
<20 220
20s 3584
30s 8977
40s 10927
50s 9308
60s 4536
70+ 1141
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5768
20-29 years 2885
30-39 years 2107
40-49 years 1321
50-59 years 516
60-69 years 87
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9885
Female 29029

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17927
Not Diagnosed 2949

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