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
221
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (201) depressed mood (142)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
195
Tried for
nightmares (161) post-traumatic stress disorder (101)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
152
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (133) depressed mood (113)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
149
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (139) depressed mood (119)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
132
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (121) anxious mood (5)
10 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
120
Tried for
anxious mood (103) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
anxious mood (99) panic attacks (14)
2 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
105
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (105) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
pain (65) anxious mood (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
74
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (73) anxious mood (1)
1 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 (118 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 65 more
Total evaluations
140
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (201) depressed mood (142)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (80 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 34 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
nightmares (161) post-traumatic stress disorder (101)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (67 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges agitation with restlessness 56 more
Total evaluations
95
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (133) depressed mood (113)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 58 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (139) depressed mood (119)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (79 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks irritability 22 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (121) anxious mood (5)
10 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (65 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 17 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
anxious mood (103) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
anxious mood (99) panic attacks (14)
2 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (68 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks panic attacks 23 more
Total evaluations
71
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (105) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 27 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
pain (65) anxious mood (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (35 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 8 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (73) anxious mood (1)
1 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 92
20s 2026
30s 6727
40s 8681
50s 7974
60s 3835
70+ 1074
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3993
20-29 years 3112
30-39 years 2060
40-49 years 1323
50-59 years 438
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9737
Female 20820

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13942
Not Diagnosed 1799

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