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 for 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
8853
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5173
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7090
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6377
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5795
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3866
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1968
Treatment name(s)

(Fibro Support Group)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3166
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2743
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1592

Data from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (25 evaluations)
Side effects
lethargy nausea 12 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (25 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior blurry vision 18 more
Total evaluations
25
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (22 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood crying 6 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
apathy diarrhea 8 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 1 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness with disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty processing things at times fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(Fibro Support Group)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood avoidance of challenges and stress 3 more
Total evaluations
3
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has post-traumatic stress disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 15 new patients joined this month
  • 18866 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 57
20s 1408
30s 5773
40s 8608
50s 8574
60s 4893
70+ 1566
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4025
20-29 years 3129
30-39 years 2065
40-49 years 1329
50-59 years 446
60-69 years 87
70+ years 15

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9814
Female 21222

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14008
Not Diagnosed 1806

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