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
8851
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6378
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5165
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7089
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5798
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1968
Treatment name(s)

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

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3161
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2746
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1594

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 (58 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 34 more
Total evaluations
65
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (29 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 21 more
Total evaluations
40
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (42 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 31 more
Total evaluations
44
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (33 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 10 more
Total evaluations
36
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (17 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue anxious dreams 7 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (16 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia 8 more
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
empathetic
Total evaluations
10
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (8 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization
Total evaluations
8
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
panic attacks anxious mood 4 more
Total evaluations
7
  • 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?

  • 27 new patients joined this month
  • 18839 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 71
20s 1563
30s 6083
40s 8620
50s 8475
60s 4558
70+ 1419
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4023
20-29 years 3131
30-39 years 2068
40-49 years 1330
50-59 years 447
60-69 years 86
70+ years 14

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9801
Female 21143

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14018
Not Diagnosed 1809

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