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
8844
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5164
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6376
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7083
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5797
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1970
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3865
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3160
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2744
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 (68 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 39 more
Total evaluations
75
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (52 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dizziness 43 more
Total evaluations
54
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 20 more
Total evaluations
41
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (35 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 11 more
Total evaluations
38
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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue anxious dreams 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (15 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia dizziness with disorientation 7 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
empathetic
Total evaluations
12
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
Hospitalization recurring nightmares
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (7 evaluations)
Side effects
panic attacks anxious mood 8 more
Total evaluations
8
  • 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?

  • 6 new patients joined this month
  • 18824 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 73
20s 1606
30s 6165
40s 8638
50s 8422
60s 4458
70+ 1381
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4017
20-29 years 3130
30-39 years 2066
40-49 years 1330
50-59 years 445
60-69 years 86
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9796
Female 21100

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14012
Not Diagnosed 1805

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