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
276
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (254) depressed mood (189)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
233
Tried for
nightmares (192) post-traumatic stress disorder (119)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
196
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (172) depressed mood (153)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
181
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (168) depressed mood (151)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
168
Tried for
anxious mood (149) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
159
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (147) depressed mood (7)
12 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
135
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (135) anxious mood (3)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
101
Tried for
pain (78) anxious mood (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
85
Tried for
anxious mood (60) panic attacks (56)
3 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 (145 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 80 more
Total evaluations
179
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (254) depressed mood (189)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (93 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
nightmares (192) post-traumatic stress disorder (119)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (84 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges decreased sex drive (libido) 66 more
Total evaluations
123
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (172) depressed mood (153)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (101 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood nausea 70 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (168) depressed mood (151)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (93 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
anxious mood (149) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (100 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 26 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (147) depressed mood (7)
12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (86 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 25 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (135) anxious mood (3)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (49 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 20 more
Total evaluations
56
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 39 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
pain (78) anxious mood (19)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (33 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness irritability 17 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
anxious mood (60) panic attacks (56)
3 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
<20 122
20s 2311
30s 6938
40s 8639
50s 7723
60s 3534
70+ 890
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3987
20-29 years 3103
30-39 years 2053
40-49 years 1319
50-59 years 434
60-69 years 84
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9674
Female 20632

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13890
Not Diagnosed 1801

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