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
10828
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6702
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4217
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2051

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 (126 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 27 more
Total evaluations
141
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 77 more
Total evaluations
92
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (50 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 35 more
Total evaluations
72
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue difficulty speaking (dysarthria) 7 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?

  • 50 new patients joined this month
  • 6196 say GAD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 199
20s 3232
30s 8828
40s 11296
50s 10218
60s 5357
70+ 1455
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5825
20-29 years 2918
30-39 years 2131
40-49 years 1328
50-59 years 527
60-69 years 91
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10221
Female 30608

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18111
Not Diagnosed 2956

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