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
8837
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5163
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6375
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
7073
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
5797
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
3160
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
2740
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 (88 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) weight gain 45 more
Total evaluations
96
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (58 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 47 more
Total evaluations
63
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (40 evaluations)
Side effects
agitation with restlessness dry mouth 41 more
Total evaluations
53
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (39 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks increased anxiety 15 more
Total evaluations
42
Treatment name(s)

(Depression Skills Group Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (21 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood flashbacks 5 more
Total evaluations
22
Treatment name(s)

(Paxil)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (20 evaluations)
Side effects
difficulty trusting others due to mild paranoia dizziness with disorientation 8 more
Total evaluations
21
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (18 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue affects memory 10 more
Total evaluations
18
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrate Recovery Program)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
empathetic need for quiet environment
Total evaluations
14
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (12 evaluations)
Side effects
guilt with depression Hospitalization 3 more
Total evaluations
12
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (6 evaluations)
Side effects
panic attacks anxious mood 8 more
Total evaluations
7
  • 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?

  • 23 new patients joined this month
  • 18788 say PTSD is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 81
20s 1712
30s 6367
40s 8647
50s 8299
60s 4288
70+ 1284
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 4012
20-29 years 3126
30-39 years 2063
40-49 years 1326
50-59 years 446
60-69 years 85
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9779
Female 21050

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13992
Not Diagnosed 1805

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