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
330
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (326) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
273
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (224) anxious mood (111)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
234
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (159) depressed mood (136)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
231
Tried for
anxious mood (180) generalized anxiety disorder (67)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
224
Tried for
depressed mood (152) generalized anxiety disorder (89)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
222
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (162) depressed mood (79)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
168
Tried for
pain (101) generalized anxiety disorder (52)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
159
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (70)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
151
Tried for
anxious mood (125) generalized anxiety disorder (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
Tried for
depressed mood (112) generalized anxiety disorder (40)
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 (191 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks depressed mood 42 more
Total evaluations
229
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (326) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (116 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 51 more
Total evaluations
154
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (224) anxious mood (111)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (106 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 88 more
Total evaluations
174
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (159) depressed mood (136)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (102 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 34 more
Total evaluations
145
Tried for
anxious mood (180) generalized anxiety disorder (67)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (105 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 84 more
Total evaluations
164
Tried for
depressed mood (152) generalized anxiety disorder (89)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (77 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 98 more
Total evaluations
156
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (162) depressed mood (79)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 38 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
pain (101) generalized anxiety disorder (52)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (74 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 71 more
Total evaluations
139
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (70)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (59 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
anxious mood (125) generalized anxiety disorder (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 56 more
Total evaluations
105
Tried for
depressed mood (112) generalized anxiety disorder (40)
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
<20 217
20s 3614
30s 8997
40s 10873
50s 9242
60s 4461
70+ 1105
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5759
20-29 years 2884
30-39 years 2105
40-49 years 1321
50-59 years 516
60-69 years 86
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9839
Female 28891

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17899
Not Diagnosed 2947

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