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
403
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (397) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
304
Tried for
anxious mood (249) generalized anxiety disorder (73)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
297
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (245) anxious mood (119)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
289
Tried for
depressed mood (200) generalized anxiety disorder (104)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
288
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (200) depressed mood (169)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
270
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (204) depressed mood (99)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
193
Tried for
depressed mood (154) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
193
Tried for
pain (121) generalized anxiety disorder (57)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
172
Tried for
anxious mood (105) depressed mood (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
157
Tried for
anxious mood (131) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
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 (219 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood flashbacks 48 more
Total evaluations
275
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (397) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (141 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 44 more
Total evaluations
182
Tried for
anxious mood (249) generalized anxiety disorder (73)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (137 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 55 more
Total evaluations
181
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (245) anxious mood (119)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (134 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 90 more
Total evaluations
209
Tried for
depressed mood (200) generalized anxiety disorder (104)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (132 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 104 more
Total evaluations
214
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (200) depressed mood (169)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (109 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 122 more
Total evaluations
206
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (204) depressed mood (99)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (83 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 67 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
depressed mood (154) generalized anxiety disorder (44)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (56 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 49 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
pain (121) generalized anxiety disorder (57)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (86 evaluations)
Side effects
sexual dysfunction weight gain 75 more
Total evaluations
152
Tried for
anxious mood (105) depressed mood (79)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (73 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 23 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
anxious mood (131) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
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
<20 240
20s 3851
30s 9004
40s 10614
50s 8640
60s 3967
70+ 876
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5641
20-29 years 2854
30-39 years 2065
40-49 years 1306
50-59 years 515
60-69 years 86
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9530
Female 27868

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17580
Not Diagnosed 2937

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