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)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
62
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
31
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
25
Tried for
panic attacks (16) anxious mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

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

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
23
Tried for
anxious mood (21) panic attacks (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
21
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
18

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)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (27 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 15 more
Total evaluations
30
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness psychotic symptoms (anxiety depression fear) 5 more
Total evaluations
23
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for complex post-traumatic stress disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (10 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea acid reflux 8 more
Total evaluations
19
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for panic attacks (11 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 5 more
Total evaluations
18
Tried for
panic attacks (16) anxious mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dry mouth 12 more
Total evaluations
16
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (12 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness increased appetite 3 more
Total evaluations
14
Tried for
pain (19) anxious mood (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (5 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness restless feeling in legs
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
anxious mood (21) panic attacks (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (11 evaluations)
Side effects
acute renal failure anxious mood 15 more
Total evaluations
13
Treatment name(s)

(Ativan)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (9 evaluations)
Side effects
brain fog drowsiness 3 more
Total evaluations
13
  • 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 18
20s 269
30s 778
40s 1070
50s 970
60s 505
70+ 97
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 775
20-29 years 317
30-39 years 277
40-49 years 184
50-59 years 70
60-69 years 11
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 752
Female 2981

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1938
Not Diagnosed 135

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