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
26
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
25
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
pain (18) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
20
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
16
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
15
Tried for
anxious mood (14) depressed mood (6)
7 more
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 erectile dysfunction 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
aggressive behavior decreased sex drive (libido) 5 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for complex post-traumatic stress disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) anorgasmia 11 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (10 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sluggishness 2 more
Total evaluations
12
Tried for
pain (18) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
acute renal failure anxious mood 16 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
restless feeling in legs
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (20)
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (8 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog loss of energy 1 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 (6)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (7 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness forgetfulness 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 20
20s 259
30s 745
40s 1,058
50s 921
60s 455
70+ 87
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 748
20-29 years 308
30-39 years 266
40-49 years 175
50-59 years 69
60-69 years 10
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 736
Female 2,828

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,837
Not Diagnosed 131

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