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
394
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (389) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
307
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (252) anxious mood (121)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
298
Tried for
anxious mood (242) generalized anxiety disorder (74)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
287
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (197) depressed mood (169)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
281
Tried for
depressed mood (192) generalized anxiety disorder (105)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
267
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (200) depressed mood (99)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
194
Tried for
pain (119) generalized anxiety disorder (60)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
191
Tried for
depressed mood (151) generalized anxiety disorder (45)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
176
Tried for
anxious mood (106) depressed mood (81)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
161
Tried for
anxious mood (134) generalized anxiety disorder (36)
3 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 (220 evaluations)
Side effects
depressed mood anxious mood 49 more
Total evaluations
272
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (389) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (139 evaluations)
Side effects
headaches dizziness 54 more
Total evaluations
186
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (252) anxious mood (121)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (137 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 45 more
Total evaluations
183
Tried for
anxious mood (242) generalized anxiety disorder (74)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (130 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 104 more
Total evaluations
212
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (197) depressed mood (169)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (129 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 90 more
Total evaluations
203
Tried for
depressed mood (192) generalized anxiety disorder (105)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (102 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 111 more
Total evaluations
197
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (200) depressed mood (99)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (57 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
104
Tried for
pain (119) generalized anxiety disorder (60)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (83 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 67 more
Total evaluations
129
Tried for
depressed mood (151) generalized anxiety disorder (45)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (87 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain sexual dysfunction 75 more
Total evaluations
156
Tried for
anxious mood (106) depressed mood (81)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (75 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
anxious mood (134) generalized anxiety disorder (36)
3 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 3855
30s 9085
40s 10758
50s 8880
60s 4072
70+ 930
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5711
20-29 years 2880
30-39 years 2093
40-49 years 1320
50-59 years 518
60-69 years 87
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9680
Female 28350

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17795
Not Diagnosed 2947

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