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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
319
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (294) Depressed mood (226)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
206
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (184) Depressed mood (175)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
192
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (169) Depressed mood (166)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
190
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (181) Depressed mood (6)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
Anxious mood (157) post-traumatic stress disorder (16)
5 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
142
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (141) Anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
123
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (121) Insomnia (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
Insomnia (107) post-traumatic stress disorder (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
109
Tried for
Pain (83) Anxious mood (21)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (76) Depressed mood (45)
3 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 (165 evaluations)
Side effects
Decreased sex drive (libido) Weight gain 81 more
Total evaluations
203
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (294) Depressed mood (226)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (90 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Suicidal thoughts or urges 62 more
Total evaluations
129
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (184) Depressed mood (175)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (107 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Anxious mood 67 more
Total evaluations
134
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (169) Depressed mood (166)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (115 evaluations)
Side effects
Flashbacks Depressed mood 35 more
Total evaluations
131
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (181) Depressed mood (6)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (95 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Sleepiness 30 more
Total evaluations
106
Tried for
Anxious mood (157) post-traumatic stress disorder (16)
5 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (93 evaluations)
Side effects
Flashbacks Increased anxiety 35 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (141) Anxious mood (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dizziness 32 more
Total evaluations
62
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (121) Insomnia (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Grogginess 37 more
Total evaluations
60
Tried for
Insomnia (107) post-traumatic stress disorder (5)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (51 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Weight gain 37 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
Pain (83) Anxious mood (21)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (38 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Nausea 39 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (76) Depressed mood (45)
3 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
<20 142
20s 2,401
30s 6,220
40s 7,190
50s 5,829
60s 2,519
70+ 520
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,155
20-29 years 2,341
30-39 years 1,441
40-49 years 861
50-59 years 257
60-69 years 55
70+ years 7

Sex

Distribution of sex

65% Female
35% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 9,560
Not Diagnosed 1,793

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