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.

How do members experience generalized anxiety disorder?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with generalized anxiety disorder*

*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.

Top treatments taken by people for generalized anxiety disorder*

*Data from patients with generalized anxiety disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Compare treatments taken by people with generalized anxiety disorder*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
11
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (25)
Treatment

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness insomnia 20 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (25)
Treatment

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) easily angry 2 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (24)
Treatment

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
unrefreshing or poor sleep
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (5)

*Data from patients with generalized anxiety disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.

Who has generalized anxiety disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 174
20s 2,356
30s 7,753
40s 11,600
50s 11,490
60s 7,381
70+ 2,586

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10,721
Female 32,623