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
311
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (306) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
262
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (220) anxious mood (101)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
222
Tried for
anxious mood (176) generalized anxiety disorder (60)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
220
Tried for
depressed mood (147) generalized anxiety disorder (88)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
218
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (157) depressed mood (77)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
218
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (148) depressed mood (122)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
156
Tried for
anxious mood (98) depressed mood (68)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
156
Tried for
pain (96) generalized anxiety disorder (50)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
148
Tried for
anxious mood (122) generalized anxiety disorder (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
140
Tried for
depressed mood (105) generalized anxiety disorder (39)
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 (187 evaluations)
Side effects
increased anxiety flashbacks 39 more
Total evaluations
222
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (306) depressed mood (11)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (108 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness headaches 42 more
Total evaluations
133
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (220) anxious mood (101)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (89 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 29 more
Total evaluations
125
Tried for
anxious mood (176) generalized anxiety disorder (60)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (102 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 79 more
Total evaluations
161
Tried for
depressed mood (147) generalized anxiety disorder (88)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (76 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dry mouth 101 more
Total evaluations
150
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (157) depressed mood (77)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for generalized anxiety disorder (100 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness anxious mood 80 more
Total evaluations
163
Tried for
generalized anxiety disorder (148) depressed mood (122)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (74 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 74 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
anxious mood (98) depressed mood (68)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
pain (96) generalized anxiety disorder (50)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (58 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 23 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
anxious mood (122) generalized anxiety disorder (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (60 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 53 more
Total evaluations
97
Tried for
depressed mood (105) generalized anxiety disorder (39)
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
<20 250
20s 3590
30s 9140
40s 11311
50s 9813
60s 4888
70+ 1235
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5802
20-29 years 2901
30-39 years 2123
40-49 years 1327
50-59 years 522
60-69 years 90
70+ years 21

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 10138
Female 30330

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 18033
Not Diagnosed 2954

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