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
433
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (429) depressed mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
327
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (242) depressed mood (190)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
321
Tried for
depressed mood (231) generalized anxiety disorder (111)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
314
Tried for
anxious mood (258) generalized anxiety disorder (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
314
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (253) depressed mood (107)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
280
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (228) anxious mood (107)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
214
Tried for
depressed mood (170) generalized anxiety disorder (47)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
194
Tried for
Pain (127) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
172
Tried for
anxious mood (104) depressed mood (75)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
155
Tried for
anxious mood (118) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
2 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 (227 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood depressed mood 59 more
Total evaluations
285
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (427) depressed mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (139 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 103 more
Total evaluations
234
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (242) depressed mood (190)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (145 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 100 more
Total evaluations
232
Tried for
depressed mood (231) generalized anxiety disorder (111)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (156 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 51 more
Total evaluations
191
Tried for
anxious mood (258) generalized anxiety disorder (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (127 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dry mouth 124 more
Total evaluations
231
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (253) depressed mood (107)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (137 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 52 more
Total evaluations
174
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (227) anxious mood (107)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (92 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 74 more
Total evaluations
140
Tried for
depressed mood (169) generalized anxiety disorder (47)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (67 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 56 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
Pain (127) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (82 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 72 more
Total evaluations
140
Tried for
anxious mood (104) depressed mood (75)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 22 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
anxious mood (118) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
2 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
<20 317
20s 3,816
30s 8,334
40s 9,500
50s 7,225
60s 3,095
70+ 607
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4,862
20-29 years 2,322
30-39 years 1,654
40-49 years 1,024
50-59 years 384
60-69 years 72
70+ years 15

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13,298
Not Diagnosed 3,005

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