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
275
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (251) depressed mood (196)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
231
Tried for
nightmares (190) post-traumatic stress disorder (119)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
203
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (177) depressed mood (160)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
184
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (154)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
anxious mood (152) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
163
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (153) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
138
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (137) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
116
Tried for
anxious mood (109) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
pain (82) anxious mood (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
anxious mood (62) panic attacks (56)
2 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 76 more
Total evaluations
178
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (251) depressed mood (196)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (94 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 48 more
Total evaluations
116
Tried for
nightmares (190) post-traumatic stress disorder (119)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (88 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges decreased sex drive (libido) 67 more
Total evaluations
126
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (177) depressed mood (160)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (100 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood nausea 69 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (170) depressed mood (154)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (92 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 25 more
Total evaluations
111
Tried for
anxious mood (152) post-traumatic stress disorder (21)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (104 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anxious mood 23 more
Total evaluations
119
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (153) depressed mood (6)
12 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (87 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 28 more
Total evaluations
91
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (137) anxious mood (4)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (52 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness daytime sleepiness 20 more
Total evaluations
59
Tried for
anxious mood (109) panic attacks (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (56 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 44 more
Total evaluations
77
Tried for
pain (82) anxious mood (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (34 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 16 more
Total evaluations
52
Tried for
anxious mood (62) panic attacks (56)
2 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
<20 127
20s 2389
30s 6888
40s 8503
50s 7445
60s 3377
70+ 804
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3939
20-29 years 3074
30-39 years 2035
40-49 years 1304
50-59 years 427
60-69 years 83
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9516
Female 20164

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13689
Not Diagnosed 1792

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