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
8848
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5166
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7095
Treatment name(s)

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

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3864
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5791
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1966
Treatment name(s)

(Fibro Support Group)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3162
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2744
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1591

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 (16 evaluations)
Side effects
chills decreased appetite 9 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 8 more
Total evaluations
14
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (11 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood obsessive thinking 2 more
Total evaluations
14
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
diarrhea emotional numbness or flatness 2 more
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (10 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness with disorientation 3 more
Total evaluations
10
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
overwhelming emotions
Total evaluations
5
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty processing things at times fatigue 2 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Fibro Support Group)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (1 evaluation)
Side effects
anxious mood avoidance of challenges and stress
Total evaluations
1
  • 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?

  • 8 new patients joined this month
  • 18878 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 51
20s 1241
30s 5523
40s 8514
50s 8692
60s 5178
70+ 1744
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4028
20-29 years 3132
30-39 years 2061
40-49 years 1329
50-59 years 446
60-69 years 87
70+ years 15

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9834
Female 21268

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14009
Not Diagnosed 1806

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