Post-traumatic stress disorder

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What is post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event, is characterized by many symptoms including flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, and hypervigilance. PTSD is also sometimes called Post-traumatic stress (PTS) or Post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI).

Common symptoms reported by people with post-traumatic stress 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 post-traumatic stress disorder

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
323
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (301) depressed mood (227)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
231
Tried for
nightmares (192) post-traumatic stress disorder (124)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
211
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (187) depressed mood (177)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
201
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (180) depressed mood (174)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
185
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (175) depressed mood (6)
10 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
178
Tried for
anxious mood (161) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
6 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
144
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (143) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
111
Tried for
Pain (87) anxious mood (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (73) depressed mood (47)
4 more

Data from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with post-traumatic stress disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (171 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 85 more
Total evaluations
209
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (301) depressed mood (227)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (105 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 52 more
Total evaluations
125
Tried for
nightmares (192) post-traumatic stress disorder (124)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (96 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue mood swings 66 more
Total evaluations
137
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (187) depressed mood (177)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (108 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 65 more
Total evaluations
132
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (180) depressed mood (174)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (114 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks depressed mood 34 more
Total evaluations
128
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (175) depressed mood (6)
10 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (97 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 29 more
Total evaluations
109
Tried for
anxious mood (161) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (93 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 35 more
Total evaluations
97
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (143) anxious mood (3)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (54 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dizziness 20 more
Total evaluations
63
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (58 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness weight gain 45 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
Pain (87) anxious mood (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (37 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness nausea 40 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (73) depressed mood (47)
4 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has post-traumatic stress disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 149
20s 2,515
30s 6,600
40s 7,814
50s 6,337
60s 2,746
70+ 577
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,479
20-29 years 2,667
30-39 years 1,705
40-49 years 1,073
50-59 years 337
60-69 years 70
70+ years 10

Sex

Distribution of sex

66% Female
34% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 10,744
Not Diagnosed 1,895

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