Generalized Anxiety Disorder


The Generalized Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis Information Page is a collaborative project of NeedyMeds and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. It is intended to provide educational information and healthcare savings resources for those living with this diagnosis.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1 percent of the U.S. population, is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. The disorder comes on gradually and can begin across the life cycle, though the risk is highest between childhood and middle age. Women are twice as likely to be affected. Although the exact cause of GAD is unknown, there is evidence that biological factors, family background, and life experiences, particularly stressful ones, play a role. GAD is diagnosed when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and has three or more symptoms including restlessness, being easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension or sleep disturbance. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an international nonprofit organization, focuses on improving quality of life and providing resources for those with trauma disorders. Effective treatments for GAD may include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based psychotherapies, as well as medications. The ADAA website can provide your with more information on psychotherapy for GAD and/or assistance in finding a therapist .

Below, please find a list of medications commonly used in the treatment of this diagnosis. Please note that this information concerns a use that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for all of these agents. Click on the hyperlink to find whether a savings program is available for that particular drug.

This page is for educational purposes only and should not replace medical care. Please consult your healthcare provider.

Medications used in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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This page was last updated on 6/6/2022