Complex post-traumatic stress disorder

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What is complex post-traumatic stress disorder?

Complex PTSD refers to the set of symptoms that commonly follow exposure to traumatic events that are long-lasting and generally involve some form of physical or emotional captivity, such as childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or domestic violence.

Common symptoms reported by people with complex 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 complex post-traumatic stress disorder

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

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
26
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Tried for
Pain (16) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
19
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
14

Data from patients with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with complex post-traumatic stress disorder

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness bruxism (teeth grinding) 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (14 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior decreased sex drive (libido) 8 more
Total evaluations
20
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for complex post-traumatic stress disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) anorgasmia 10 more
Total evaluations
17
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (8 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 1 more
Total evaluations
10
Tried for
Pain (16) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood brain zaps 12 more
Total evaluations
11
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drooling drowsiness 2 more
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
10
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has complex post-traumatic stress disorder on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 22
20s 270
30s 691
40s 987
50s 804
60s 387
70+ 67
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 695
20-29 years 274
30-39 years 239
40-49 years 153
50-59 years 60
60-69 years 10
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

79% Female
21% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,406
Not Diagnosed 183

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