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
219
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (199) depressed mood (140)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
192
Tried for
nightmares (158) post-traumatic stress disorder (98)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
147
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (129) depressed mood (108)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
142
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (134) depressed mood (111)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
126
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (117) anxious mood (5)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
115
Tried for
anxious mood (98) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
5 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
99
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (99) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
pain (64) anxious mood (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
depressed mood (53) post-traumatic stress disorder (18)
5 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 (119 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 61 more
Total evaluations
141
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (199) depressed mood (140)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (78 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 34 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
nightmares (158) post-traumatic stress disorder (98)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (65 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges agitation with restlessness 56 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (129) depressed mood (108)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (76 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 57 more
Total evaluations
87
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (134) depressed mood (111)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (81 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anger 24 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (117) anxious mood (5)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (60 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 17 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
anxious mood (98) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
5 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 (64 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks panic attacks 21 more
Total evaluations
67
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (99) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 27 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
pain (64) anxious mood (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (31 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability weight gain 23 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
depressed mood (53) post-traumatic stress disorder (18)
5 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 1981
30s 6693
40s 8685
50s 8030
60s 3915
70+ 1103
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3998
20-29 years 3115
30-39 years 2059
40-49 years 1321
50-59 years 440
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9750
Female 20900

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13955
Not Diagnosed 1797

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