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 hyper-vigilance. 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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
332
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (305) Depressed mood (234)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
236
Tried for
Nightmares (215) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (119)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
204
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (180) Depressed mood (172)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
198
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (186) Depressed mood (6)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
189
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (167) Depressed mood (164)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
177
Tried for
Anxious mood (168) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (17)
4 more
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Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
132
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (131) Anxious mood (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
Insomnia (116) Nightmares (7)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
118
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (88) Depressed mood (46)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
Pain (78) Anxious mood (18)
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

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
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Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (166 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Weight gain 80 more
Total evaluations
205
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (305) Depressed mood (234)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for Nightmares (116 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Drowsiness 52 more
Total evaluations
132
Tried for
Nightmares (215) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (119)
5 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (86 evaluations)
Side effects
Headaches Dry mouth 64 more
Total evaluations
127
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (180) Depressed mood (172)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (101 evaluations)
Side effects
Flashbacks Anxiety and frustration 32 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (186) Depressed mood (6)
10 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (99 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 66 more
Total evaluations
127
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (167) Depressed mood (164)
3 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (111 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Drowsiness 34 more
Total evaluations
122
Tried for
Anxious mood (168) Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (17)
4 more
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Perceived effectiveness
for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (88 evaluations)
Side effects
Flashbacks Anxiety attacks 41 more
Total evaluations
96
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (131) Anxious mood (3)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Desyrel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (61 evaluations)
Side effects
Grogginess Sleepiness 38 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
Insomnia (116) Nightmares (7)
4 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Sleepiness 38 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (88) Depressed mood (46)
1 more
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Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (54 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Brain fog 41 more
Total evaluations
72
Tried for
Pain (78) Anxious mood (18)
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
<20 151
20s 2,354
30s 5,795
40s 6,433
50s 5,054
60s 2,148
70+ 404
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,947
20-29 years 2,169
30-39 years 1,289
40-49 years 762
50-59 years 216
60-69 years 39
70+ years 6

Sex

Distribution of sex

64% Female
36% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 8,888
Not Diagnosed 1,737

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