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
319
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (314) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
270
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (225) anxious mood (107)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
227
Tried for
anxious mood (180) generalized anxiety disorder (62)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
226
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (154) depressed mood (127)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
222
Tried for
depressed mood (148) generalized anxiety disorder (88)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
218
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (159) depressed mood (77)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
161
Tried for
pain (97) generalized anxiety disorder (52)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
155
Tried for
anxious mood (95) depressed mood (69)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
anxious mood (124) generalized anxiety disorder (32)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
Tried for
depressed mood (108) generalized anxiety disorder (40)
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 (188 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety flashbacks 40 more
Total evaluations
225
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (314) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (111 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 49 more
Total evaluations
140
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (225) anxious mood (107)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (94 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 32 more
Total evaluations
130
Tried for
anxious mood (180) generalized anxiety disorder (62)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (105 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 89 more
Total evaluations
167
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (154) depressed mood (127)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (103 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 80 more
Total evaluations
163
Tried for
depressed mood (148) generalized anxiety disorder (88)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain nausea 99 more
Total evaluations
150
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (159) depressed mood (77)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (47 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
pain (97) generalized anxiety disorder (52)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (73 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 72 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
anxious mood (95) depressed mood (69)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (59 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 22 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
anxious mood (124) generalized anxiety disorder (32)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (62 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 53 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
depressed mood (108) generalized anxiety disorder (40)
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
<20 232
20s 3603
30s 9113
40s 11175
50s 9612
60s 4739
70+ 1182
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5784
20-29 years 2895
30-39 years 2119
40-49 years 1324
50-59 years 520
60-69 years 90
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10063
Female 29827

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 17991
Not Diagnosed 2951

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