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
339
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (335) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
276
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (225) anxious mood (114)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
239
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (163) depressed mood (139)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
236
Tried for
anxious mood (185) generalized anxiety disorder (67)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
232
Tried for
depressed mood (159) generalized anxiety disorder (90)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
229
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (169) depressed mood (81)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
171
Tried for
pain (102) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
160
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (71)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
156
Tried for
anxious mood (129) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
Tried for
depressed mood (113) generalized anxiety disorder (41)
1 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 (198 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 43 more
Total evaluations
238
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (335) depressed mood (12)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (115 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 52 more
Total evaluations
154
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (225) anxious mood (114)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (109 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 89 more
Total evaluations
176
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (163) depressed mood (139)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (110 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 38 more
Total evaluations
152
Tried for
anxious mood (185) generalized anxiety disorder (67)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (106 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 85 more
Total evaluations
168
Tried for
depressed mood (159) generalized anxiety disorder (90)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 99 more
Total evaluations
160
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (169) depressed mood (81)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (47 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 38 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
pain (102) generalized anxiety disorder (54)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (75 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 72 more
Total evaluations
139
Tried for
anxious mood (96) depressed mood (71)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
83
Tried for
anxious mood (129) generalized anxiety disorder (34)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) drowsiness 56 more
Total evaluations
106
Tried for
depressed mood (113) generalized anxiety disorder (41)
1 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
<20 223
20s 3657
30s 9018
40s 10835
50s 9155
60s 4365
70+ 1057
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5748
20-29 years 2878
30-39 years 2105
40-49 years 1319
50-59 years 516
60-69 years 86
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9794
Female 28736

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17868
Not Diagnosed 2946

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