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
404
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (399) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
300
Tried for
anxious mood (249) generalized anxiety disorder (70)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
295
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (208) depressed mood (173)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
287
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (237) anxious mood (115)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
287
Tried for
depressed mood (201) generalized anxiety disorder (102)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
276
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (214) depressed mood (96)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
192
Tried for
depressed mood (153) generalized anxiety disorder (43)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
190
Tried for
pain (121) generalized anxiety disorder (55)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
166
Tried for
anxious mood (103) depressed mood (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
158
Tried for
anxious mood (132) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
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 (210 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 46 more
Total evaluations
269
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (398) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (139 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 45 more
Total evaluations
175
Tried for
anxious mood (249) generalized anxiety disorder (70)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (136 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 104 more
Total evaluations
217
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (208) depressed mood (173)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (133 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 52 more
Total evaluations
173
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (237) anxious mood (115)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (129 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 88 more
Total evaluations
200
Tried for
depressed mood (201) generalized anxiety disorder (102)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (110 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 126 more
Total evaluations
208
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (213) depressed mood (96)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (83 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) increased anxiety 68 more
Total evaluations
127
Tried for
depressed mood (153) generalized anxiety disorder (43)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (63 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 53 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
pain (121) generalized anxiety disorder (55)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (85 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 75 more
Total evaluations
146
Tried for
anxious mood (103) depressed mood (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (71 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
anxious mood (132) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
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
<20 275
20s 3,892
30s 8,950
40s 10,378
50s 8,314
60s 3,769
70+ 789
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,533
20-29 years 2,772
30-39 years 2,011
40-49 years 1,263
50-59 years 502
60-69 years 83
70+ years 18

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9,434
Female 27,127

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17,035
Not Diagnosed 2,917

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