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
169
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (155) depressed mood (98)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
159
Tried for
nightmares (131) post-traumatic stress disorder (84)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
109
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (95) depressed mood (73)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
106
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (99) depressed mood (81)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
98
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (92) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
anxious mood (83) panic attacks (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
anxious mood (72) post-traumatic stress disorder (15)
6 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
74
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (74) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
pain (52) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
depressed mood (41) post-traumatic stress disorder (15)
4 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 (98 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 52 more
Total evaluations
115
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (155) depressed mood (98)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (64 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 30 more
Total evaluations
80
Tried for
nightmares (131) post-traumatic stress disorder (84)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (46 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness drowsiness 46 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (95) depressed mood (73)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (61 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness weight gain 51 more
Total evaluations
70
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (99) depressed mood (81)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (66 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anger 17 more
Total evaluations
76
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (92) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 17 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
anxious mood (83) panic attacks (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (38 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 15 more
Total evaluations
54
Tried for
anxious mood (72) post-traumatic stress disorder (15)
6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (41 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 15 more
Total evaluations
44
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (74) anxious mood (1)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (25 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness difficulty sleeping when on full dose 24 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (52) anxious mood (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (28 evaluations)
Side effects
irritability anxious mood 21 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
depressed mood (41) post-traumatic stress disorder (15)
4 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?

  • 19 new patients joined this month
  • 18760 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 88
20s 1802
30s 6466
40s 8672
50s 8220
60s 4174
70+ 1222
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4011
20-29 years 3123
30-39 years 2060
40-49 years 1326
50-59 years 444
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9771
Female 21022

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13986
Not Diagnosed 1804

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