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
10806
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6696
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4213
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2048

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 (144 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 29 more
Total evaluations
163
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 82 more
Total evaluations
101
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (55 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 48 more
Total evaluations
79
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (8 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue agitation with restlessness 9 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?

  • 39 new patients joined this month
  • 6105 say GAD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 215
20s 3334
30s 8949
40s 11289
50s 10060
60s 5213
70+ 1374
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5816
20-29 years 2919
30-39 years 2127
40-49 years 1328
50-59 years 526
60-69 years 91
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10182
Female 30489

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18080
Not Diagnosed 2959

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