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
209
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (191) depressed mood (130)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
186
Tried for
nightmares (152) post-traumatic stress disorder (96)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
137
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (121) depressed mood (97)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
135
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (128) depressed mood (105)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
118
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (109) anxious mood (5)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
110
Tried for
anxious mood (91) post-traumatic stress disorder (20)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
103
Tried for
anxious mood (95) panic attacks (15)
2 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
87
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (87) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
pain (63) anxious mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
depressed mood (52) 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 (115 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 59 more
Total evaluations
134
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (191) depressed mood (130)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (75 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 34 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
nightmares (152) post-traumatic stress disorder (96)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges agitation with restlessness 50 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (121) depressed mood (97)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (75 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 57 more
Total evaluations
86
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (128) depressed mood (105)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (77 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anger 22 more
Total evaluations
90
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (109) anxious mood (5)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
anxious mood (91) post-traumatic stress disorder (20)
6 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
anxious mood (95) panic attacks (15)
2 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (57 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks flashbacks to childhood and adolescence 18 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (87) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 25 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
pain (63) anxious mood (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (30 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability weight gain 23 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
depressed mood (52) 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 94
20s 1868
30s 6559
40s 8707
50s 8141
60s 4063
70+ 1181
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4010
20-29 years 3122
30-39 years 2062
40-49 years 1325
50-59 years 444
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9771
Female 20994

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13985
Not Diagnosed 1803

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