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
343
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (339) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
275
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (224) anxious mood (115)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
239
Tried for
anxious mood (188) generalized anxiety disorder (67)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
239
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (164) depressed mood (139)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
234
Tried for
depressed mood (158) generalized anxiety disorder (92)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
229
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (168) depressed mood (82)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
pain (102) 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 (73)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
154
Tried for
anxious mood (127) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
depressed mood (115) 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 (200 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 44 more
Total evaluations
242
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (339) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (115 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 50 more
Total evaluations
154
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (224) anxious mood (115)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (111 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 39 more
Total evaluations
153
Tried for
anxious mood (188) generalized anxiety disorder (67)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (110 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 86 more
Total evaluations
176
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (164) depressed mood (139)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (104 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 83 more
Total evaluations
167
Tried for
depressed mood (158) generalized anxiety disorder (92)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 100 more
Total evaluations
167
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (168) depressed mood (82)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (47 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 40 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
pain (102) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (77 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 71 more
Total evaluations
141
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (73)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
anxious mood (127) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dry mouth 56 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
depressed mood (115) 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
<20 227
20s 3695
30s 9038
40s 10833
50s 9063
60s 4299
70+ 1032
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5747
20-29 years 2877
30-39 years 2103
40-49 years 1318
50-59 years 517
60-69 years 86
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9758
Female 28647

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17857
Not Diagnosed 2947

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