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 for generalized anxiety disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
10852
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6709
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4223
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2055

Data from patients with generalized anxiety disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (113 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 27 more
Total evaluations
128
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (69 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sexual dysfunction 77 more
Total evaluations
84
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 23 more
Total evaluations
60
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue difficulty speaking (dysarthria) 7 more
Total evaluations
16
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with generalized anxiety disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has generalized anxiety disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 40 new patients joined this month
  • 6252 say GAD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 184
20s 3166
30s 8746
40s 11304
50s 10342
60s 5483
70+ 1501
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5838
20-29 years 2925
30-39 years 2133
40-49 years 1331
50-59 years 529
60-69 years 91
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10255
Female 30719

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18153
Not Diagnosed 2953

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