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
214
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (195) depressed mood (136)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
188
Tried for
nightmares (153) post-traumatic stress disorder (97)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
143
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (126) depressed mood (103)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
138
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (131) depressed mood (107)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
121
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (112) anxious mood (5)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
112
Tried for
anxious mood (95) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
105
Tried for
anxious mood (97) panic attacks (15)
2 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
94
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (94) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
pain (65) 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 (116 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 60 more
Total evaluations
136
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (195) depressed mood (136)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (73 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 34 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
nightmares (153) post-traumatic stress disorder (97)
8 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (60 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges agitation with restlessness 56 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (126) depressed mood (103)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (77 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 58 more
Total evaluations
88
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (131) depressed mood (107)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (79 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks anger 23 more
Total evaluations
92
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (112) anxious mood (5)
9 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (58 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 17 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
anxious mood (95) post-traumatic stress disorder (19)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (44 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 18 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
anxious mood (97) panic attacks (15)
2 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (62 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks panic attacks 20 more
Total evaluations
65
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (94) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 27 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
pain (65) 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 97
20s 1928
30s 6638
40s 8705
50s 8078
60s 3992
70+ 1142
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4003
20-29 years 3120
30-39 years 2062
40-49 years 1324
50-59 years 441
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9759
Female 20974

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13974
Not Diagnosed 1802

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