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
264
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (260) depressed mood (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
235
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (198) anxious mood (88)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
174
Tried for
depressed mood (111) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
174
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (121) depressed mood (91)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
171
Tried for
anxious mood (132) generalized anxiety disorder (50)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (118) depressed mood (67)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
anxious mood (86) depressed mood (58)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
134
Tried for
pain (83) generalized anxiety disorder (42)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
132
Tried for
anxious mood (104) generalized anxiety disorder (35)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
depressed mood (78) generalized anxiety disorder (35)
4 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 (161 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety flashbacks 33 more
Total evaluations
186
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (260) depressed mood (10)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (93 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 36 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (198) anxious mood (88)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (82 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 59 more
Total evaluations
138
Tried for
depressed mood (111) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 81 more
Total evaluations
132
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (121) depressed mood (91)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (58 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 23 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
anxious mood (132) generalized anxiety disorder (50)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 92 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (118) depressed mood (67)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (70 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 72 more
Total evaluations
111
Tried for
anxious mood (86) depressed mood (58)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 34 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
pain (83) generalized anxiety disorder (42)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (62 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
anxious mood (104) generalized anxiety disorder (35)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (53 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood irritability 45 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
depressed mood (78) generalized anxiety disorder (35)
4 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?

  • 32 new patients joined this month
  • 6079 say GAD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 232
20s 3401
30s 9007
40s 11296
50s 9992
60s 5124
70+ 1330
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5814
20-29 years 2914
30-39 years 2124
40-49 years 1328
50-59 years 524
60-69 years 92
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10176
Female 30444

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18073
Not Diagnosed 2956

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