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
272
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (248) depressed mood (190)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
233
Tried for
nightmares (191) post-traumatic stress disorder (121)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
200
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (174) depressed mood (158)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
185
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (172) depressed mood (154)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
167
Tried for
anxious mood (149) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
160
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (150) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
137
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (136) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
anxious mood (105) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
100
Tried for
pain (78) anxious mood (19)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
depressed mood (60) post-traumatic stress disorder (20)
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 (141 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 75 more
Total evaluations
176
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (248) depressed mood (190)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (94 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
nightmares (191) post-traumatic stress disorder (121)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (87 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) suicidal thoughts or urges 67 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (174) depressed mood (158)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (102 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood nausea 70 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (172) depressed mood (154)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (92 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 27 more
Total evaluations
112
Tried for
anxious mood (149) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (104 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 25 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (150) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (88 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 25 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (136) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 20 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
anxious mood (105) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (49 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 39 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
pain (78) anxious mood (19)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain excessive sweating 23 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
depressed mood (60) post-traumatic stress disorder (20)
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
<20 126
20s 2352
30s 6911
40s 8504
50s 7544
60s 3442
70+ 841
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3969
20-29 years 3095
30-39 years 2046
40-49 years 1316
50-59 years 431
60-69 years 83
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9549
Female 20317

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13817
Not Diagnosed 1798

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