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
333
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (309) depressed mood (237)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
244
Tried for
nightmares (202) post-traumatic stress disorder (127)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
221
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (195) depressed mood (174)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
205
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (188) depressed mood (176)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
186
Tried for
anxious mood (167) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
180
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
151
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (150) anxious mood (4)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
anxious mood (116) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
pain (92) anxious mood (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
108
Tried for
anxious mood (77) panic attacks (67)
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 (177 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 88 more
Total evaluations
217
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (309) depressed mood (237)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (99 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 48 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
nightmares (202) post-traumatic stress disorder (127)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (97 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue suicidal thoughts or urges 68 more
Total evaluations
138
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (195) depressed mood (174)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (111 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth anxious mood 67 more
Total evaluations
131
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (188) depressed mood (176)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (102 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 26 more
Total evaluations
118
Tried for
anxious mood (167) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (112 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 28 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (97 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 34 more
Total evaluations
101
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (150) anxious mood (4)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (56 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 21 more
Total evaluations
64
Tried for
anxious mood (116) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (59 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 45 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
pain (92) anxious mood (20)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (37 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 15 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
anxious mood (77) panic attacks (67)
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
<20 150
20s 2,508
30s 6,994
40s 8,352
50s 7,136
60s 3,182
70+ 703
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,879
20-29 years 3,008
30-39 years 1,983
40-49 years 1,274
50-59 years 418
60-69 years 81
70+ years 12

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9,464
Female 19,705

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13,313
Not Diagnosed 1,774

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