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
441
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (436) depressed mood (14)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
330
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (241) depressed mood (192)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
327
Tried for
depressed mood (234) generalized anxiety disorder (114)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
322
Tried for
anxious mood (267) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
319
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (252) depressed mood (111)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
286
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (235) anxious mood (109)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
218
Tried for
depressed mood (173) generalized anxiety disorder (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
197
Tried for
Pain (130) generalized anxiety disorder (53)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
177
Tried for
anxious mood (104) depressed mood (78)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
158
Tried for
anxious mood (120) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
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 (229 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood depressed mood 60 more
Total evaluations
291
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (436) depressed mood (14)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (140 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 104 more
Total evaluations
235
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (241) depressed mood (192)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (147 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 98 more
Total evaluations
233
Tried for
depressed mood (234) generalized anxiety disorder (114)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (161 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 51 more
Total evaluations
197
Tried for
anxious mood (267) generalized anxiety disorder (77)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (124 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dry mouth 124 more
Total evaluations
230
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (252) depressed mood (111)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (142 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dizziness and feeling faint 52 more
Total evaluations
179
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (235) anxious mood (109)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (92 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) fatigue 75 more
Total evaluations
141
Tried for
depressed mood (173) generalized anxiety disorder (48)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (69 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 56 more
Total evaluations
115
Tried for
Pain (130) generalized anxiety disorder (53)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (83 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 74 more
Total evaluations
143
Tried for
anxious mood (104) depressed mood (78)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (66 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 24 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
anxious mood (120) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
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
<20 327
20s 3,974
30s 8,639
40s 9,906
50s 7,604
60s 3,284
70+ 639
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5,186
20-29 years 2,545
30-39 years 1,839
40-49 years 1,154
50-59 years 457
60-69 years 77
70+ years 15

Sex

Distribution of sex

73% Female
27% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14,265
Not Diagnosed 3,050

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