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
328
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (305) depressed mood (229)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
239
Tried for
nightmares (198) post-traumatic stress disorder (127)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
221
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (195) depressed mood (179)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
204
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (183) depressed mood (175)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
184
Tried for
anxious mood (165) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
182
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (173) depressed mood (6)
10 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
147
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (146) anxious mood (4)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
121
Tried for
anxious mood (113) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
pain (87) anxious mood (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
anxious mood (77) panic attacks (64)
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 (169 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 88 more
Total evaluations
208
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (305) depressed mood (229)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (102 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 49 more
Total evaluations
122
Tried for
nightmares (198) post-traumatic stress disorder (127)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (99 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue mood swings 69 more
Total evaluations
143
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (195) depressed mood (179)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (110 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 66 more
Total evaluations
133
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (183) depressed mood (175)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (103 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 29 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
anxious mood (165) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (117 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 30 more
Total evaluations
129
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (173) depressed mood (6)
10 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (94 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks flashbacks to childhood and adolescence 34 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (146) anxious mood (4)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (57 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
66
Tried for
anxious mood (113) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (58 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 44 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
pain (87) anxious mood (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 13 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
anxious mood (77) panic attacks (64)
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
<20 167
20s 2,620
30s 6,981
40s 8,357
50s 6,951
60s 3,049
70+ 641
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,851
20-29 years 2,982
30-39 years 1,960
40-49 years 1,259
50-59 years 419
60-69 years 80
70+ years 12

Sex

Distribution of sex

67% Female
33% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 11,952
Not Diagnosed 2,006

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