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
401
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (395) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
306
Tried for
anxious mood (252) generalized anxiety disorder (73)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
294
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (242) anxious mood (117)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
291
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (204) depressed mood (169)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
290
Tried for
depressed mood (201) generalized anxiety disorder (104)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
273
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (207) depressed mood (99)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
195
Tried for
pain (123) generalized anxiety disorder (57)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
193
Tried for
depressed mood (154) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
174
Tried for
anxious mood (107) depressed mood (79)
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 (217 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood flashbacks 47 more
Total evaluations
271
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (395) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (141 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 45 more
Total evaluations
181
Tried for
anxious mood (252) generalized anxiety disorder (73)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (133 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 52 more
Total evaluations
176
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (242) anxious mood (117)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (132 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 105 more
Total evaluations
213
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (204) depressed mood (169)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (133 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 90 more
Total evaluations
209
Tried for
depressed mood (201) generalized anxiety disorder (104)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (109 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 122 more
Total evaluations
205
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (207) depressed mood (99)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (61 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 53 more
Total evaluations
112
Tried for
pain (123) generalized anxiety disorder (57)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (83 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 67 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
depressed mood (154) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (88 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction weight gain 77 more
Total evaluations
154
Tried for
anxious mood (107) depressed mood (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (73 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 23 more
Total evaluations
90
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
<20 251
20s 3851
30s 8982
40s 10569
50s 8581
60s 3913
70+ 855
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5618
20-29 years 2837
30-39 years 2055
40-49 years 1297
50-59 years 512
60-69 years 85
70+ years 20

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9502
Female 27705

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17478
Not Diagnosed 2934

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