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
11014
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6749
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4262
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2069

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 (20 evaluations)
Side effects
anger emotional lability 9 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (25 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety nausea 39 more
Total evaluations
29
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (22 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 11 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue unrefreshing or poor sleep
Total evaluations
10
  • 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?

  • 25 new patients joined this month
  • 6601 say GAD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 114
20s 2602
30s 8243
40s 11249
50s 10888
60s 6335
70+ 1974
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5859
20-29 years 2928
30-39 years 2148
40-49 years 1335
50-59 years 530
60-69 years 90
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10412
Female 31247

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18199
Not Diagnosed 2943

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