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
444
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (439) depressed mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
331
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (239) depressed mood (191)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
330
Tried for
anxious mood (272) generalized anxiety disorder (80)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
325
Tried for
depressed mood (232) generalized anxiety disorder (113)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
316
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (251) depressed mood (108)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
296
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (243) anxious mood (116)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
215
Tried for
depressed mood (170) generalized anxiety disorder (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
195
Tried for
pain (129) generalized anxiety disorder (53)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
180
Tried for
anxious mood (107) depressed mood (80)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
160
Tried for
anxious mood (120) generalized anxiety disorder (45)
3 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 (225 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood depressed mood 58 more
Total evaluations
287
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (439) depressed mood (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (139 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 101 more
Total evaluations
236
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (239) depressed mood (191)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (163 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 51 more
Total evaluations
203
Tried for
anxious mood (272) generalized anxiety disorder (80)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (143 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 98 more
Total evaluations
227
Tried for
depressed mood (232) generalized anxiety disorder (113)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (124 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dry mouth 125 more
Total evaluations
233
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (251) depressed mood (108)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (141 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 52 more
Total evaluations
178
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (243) anxious mood (116)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (89 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 74 more
Total evaluations
137
Tried for
depressed mood (170) generalized anxiety disorder (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (65 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 53 more
Total evaluations
112
Tried for
pain (129) generalized anxiety disorder (53)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (84 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 75 more
Total evaluations
143
Tried for
anxious mood (107) depressed mood (80)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (68 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
anxious mood (120) generalized anxiety disorder (45)
3 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
<20 337
20s 4,029
30s 8,877
40s 10,209
50s 7,925
60s 3,455
70+ 672
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,414
20-29 years 2,677
30-39 years 1,960
40-49 years 1,235
50-59 years 489
60-69 years 82
70+ years 16

Sex

Distribution of sex

74% Female
26% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14,924
Not Diagnosed 3,095

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