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
273
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (251) depressed mood (187)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
233
Tried for
nightmares (192) post-traumatic stress disorder (120)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
194
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (151)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
179
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (166) depressed mood (149)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
165
Tried for
anxious mood (146) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
160
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (148) depressed mood (7)
12 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
136
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (136) anxious mood (3)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
104
Tried for
pain (79) anxious mood (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
anxious mood (72) depressed mood (31)
9 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 (143 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 78 more
Total evaluations
177
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (251) depressed mood (187)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (93 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 42 more
Total evaluations
113
Tried for
nightmares (192) post-traumatic stress disorder (120)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (83 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges decreased sex drive (libido) 66 more
Total evaluations
122
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (151)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (99 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea weight gain 70 more
Total evaluations
117
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (166) depressed mood (149)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (93 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
anxious mood (146) post-traumatic stress disorder (22)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (100 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 26 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (148) depressed mood (7)
12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (87 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 25 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (136) anxious mood (3)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (48 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness tiredness 20 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
anxious mood (107) panic attacks (11)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (48 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 39 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
pain (79) anxious mood (20)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (46 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
anxious mood (72) depressed mood (31)
9 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
<20 118
20s 2291
30s 6908
40s 8656
50s 7760
60s 3559
70+ 913
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3988
20-29 years 3107
30-39 years 2055
40-49 years 1320
50-59 years 434
60-69 years 84
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9686
Female 20668

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13901
Not Diagnosed 1802

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