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
8858
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5171
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6379
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7083
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5798
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3868
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1967
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
3161
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2743
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
1592

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 (40 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) decreased appetite 25 more
Total evaluations
43
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (30 evaluations)
Side effects
itching nausea 22 more
Total evaluations
32
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (22 evaluations)
Side effects
excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) suicidal thoughts or urges 16 more
Total evaluations
30
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (25 evaluations)
Side effects
stress anxious mood 7 more
Total evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (14 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 4 more
Total evaluations
15
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) dizziness with disorientation 4 more
Total evaluations
13
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (9 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty processing things at times fatigue 3 more
Total evaluations
9
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
empathetic
Total evaluations
7
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (5 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
5
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (3 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood avoidance of challenges and stress 3 more
Total evaluations
3
  • 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?

  • 15 new patients joined this month
  • 18853 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 59
20s 1484
30s 5902
40s 8622
50s 8550
60s 4724
70+ 1495
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4027
20-29 years 3131
30-39 years 2069
40-49 years 1330
50-59 years 446
60-69 years 87
70+ years 15

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9810
Female 21182

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14015
Not Diagnosed 1809

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