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
278
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (254) depressed mood (198)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
233
Tried for
nightmares (193) post-traumatic stress disorder (121)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
201
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (176) depressed mood (159)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
183
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (154)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
anxious mood (152) post-traumatic stress disorder (23)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
164
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (154) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
139
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (138) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
anxious mood (109) panic attacks (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
anxious mood (62) panic attacks (56)
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 (142 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 76 more
Total evaluations
179
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (254) depressed mood (198)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (94 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 48 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
nightmares (193) post-traumatic stress disorder (121)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (88 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges decreased sex drive (libido) 67 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (176) depressed mood (159)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (101 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 69 more
Total evaluations
120
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (154)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (96 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 26 more
Total evaluations
112
Tried for
anxious mood (152) post-traumatic stress disorder (23)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (103 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 22 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (154) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (92 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 28 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (138) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
anxious mood (109) panic attacks (9)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (59 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
81
Tried for
pain (84) anxious mood (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (36 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
anxious mood (62) panic attacks (56)
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
<20 128
20s 2,401
30s 6,905
40s 8,429
50s 7,338
60s 3,313
70+ 774
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,912
20-29 years 3,040
30-39 years 2,011
40-49 years 1,290
50-59 years 423
60-69 years 82
70+ years 12

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9,491
Female 19,943

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13,512
Not Diagnosed 1,782

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