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
439
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (434) depressed mood (12)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
328
Tried for
anxious mood (272) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
326
Tried for
depressed mood (232) generalized anxiety disorder (115)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
324
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (232) depressed mood (186)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
306
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (241) depressed mood (104)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
296
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (246) anxious mood (118)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
210
Tried for
pain (134) generalized anxiety disorder (59)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
208
Tried for
depressed mood (168) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
177
Tried for
anxious mood (109) depressed mood (83)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
anxious mood (139) generalized anxiety disorder (36)
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 (220 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 52 more
Total evaluations
284
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (434) depressed mood (12)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (153 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 46 more
Total evaluations
191
Tried for
anxious mood (272) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (146 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 95 more
Total evaluations
227
Tried for
depressed mood (232) generalized anxiety disorder (115)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (142 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness nausea 108 more
Total evaluations
227
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (232) depressed mood (186)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (130 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 130 more
Total evaluations
235
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (241) depressed mood (104)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (143 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 54 more
Total evaluations
184
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (246) anxious mood (118)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (65 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 55 more
Total evaluations
115
Tried for
pain (134) generalized anxiety disorder (59)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (92 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 78 more
Total evaluations
137
Tried for
depressed mood (168) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (88 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain decreased sex drive (libido) 77 more
Total evaluations
151
Tried for
anxious mood (109) depressed mood (83)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (75 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 23 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
anxious mood (139) generalized anxiety disorder (36)
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
<20 301
20s 3,943
30s 8,954
40s 10,337
50s 8,205
60s 3,674
70+ 754
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,513
20-29 years 2,751
30-39 years 1,998
40-49 years 1,251
50-59 years 500
60-69 years 84
70+ years 17

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9,416
Female 26,943

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 16,906
Not Diagnosed 2,909

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