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
267
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (245) depressed mood (181)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
231
Tried for
nightmares (190) post-traumatic stress disorder (120)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
190
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (166) depressed mood (148)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
179
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (166) depressed mood (147)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
160
Tried for
anxious mood (141) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
152
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (140) depressed mood (7)
11 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
132
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (132) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
97
Tried for
pain (74) anxious mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
depressed mood (63) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
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

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 78 more
Total evaluations
174
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (245) depressed mood (181)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (93 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
nightmares (190) post-traumatic stress disorder (120)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges decreased sex drive (libido) 64 more
Total evaluations
121
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (166) depressed mood (148)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (97 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 69 more
Total evaluations
114
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (166) depressed mood (147)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (92 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
114
Tried for
anxious mood (141) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (91 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 25 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (140) depressed mood (7)
11 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (86 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 24 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (132) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (39 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 28 more
Total evaluations
58
Tried for
pain (74) anxious mood (18)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (32 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain irritability 24 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
depressed mood (63) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
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
<20 107
20s 2226
30s 6870
40s 8685
50s 7803
60s 3636
70+ 947
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3997
20-29 years 3111
30-39 years 2057
40-49 years 1322
50-59 years 435
60-69 years 84
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9706
Female 20717

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13929
Not Diagnosed 1803

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