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 for 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
8836
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5162
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6373
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7074
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5799
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3868
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1968
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3162
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2741
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1592

Data from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during 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 (91 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 45 more
Total evaluations
99
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 48 more
Total evaluations
66
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (44 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness dry mouth 41 more
Total evaluations
57
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 15 more
Total evaluations
43
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (21 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia dizziness with disorientation 8 more
Total evaluations
21
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (31 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue affects memory 10 more
Total evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (13 evaluations)
Side effects
empathetic need for quiet environment 1 more
Total evaluations
15
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
guilt with depression Hospitalization 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
panic attacks anxious mood 8 more
Total evaluations
7
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has post-traumatic stress disorder on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 21 new patients joined this month
  • 18776 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 82
20s 1744
30s 6405
40s 8675
50s 8250
60s 4252
70+ 1259
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4012
20-29 years 3125
30-39 years 2063
40-49 years 1325
50-59 years 446
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9778
Female 21038

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13989
Not Diagnosed 1806

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