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
240
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (217) depressed mood (157)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
203
Tried for
nightmares (166) post-traumatic stress disorder (106)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
156
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (138) depressed mood (117)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (141) depressed mood (121)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
138
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (126) depressed mood (7)
11 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
122
Tried for
anxious mood (105) post-traumatic stress disorder (20)
7 more
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
118
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (118) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
107
Tried for
anxious mood (100) panic attacks (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
pain (64) anxious mood (16)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
anxious mood (64) depressed mood (29)
9 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 (123 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased sex drive (libido) nausea 69 more
Total evaluations
152
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (217) depressed mood (157)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Minipress)
Perceived effectiveness
for nightmares (83 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness drowsiness 35 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
nightmares (166) post-traumatic stress disorder (106)
7 more
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (70 evaluations)
Side effects
suicidal thoughts or urges agitation with restlessness 58 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (138) depressed mood (117)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Effexor XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (82 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain anxious mood 59 more
Total evaluations
94
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (141) depressed mood (121)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Talk therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (84 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks irritability 23 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (126) depressed mood (7)
11 more
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (70 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness drowsiness 20 more
Total evaluations
93
Tried for
anxious mood (105) post-traumatic stress disorder (20)
7 more
Perceived effectiveness
for post-traumatic stress disorder (74 evaluations)
Side effects
flashbacks stress 22 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
post-traumatic stress disorder (118) anxious mood (2)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (47 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness sleepiness 19 more
Total evaluations
55
Tried for
anxious mood (100) panic attacks (13)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 27 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
pain (64) anxious mood (16)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (45 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness dry mouth 13 more
Total evaluations
51
Tried for
anxious mood (64) depressed mood (29)
9 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 98
20s 2125
30s 6806
40s 8669
50s 7880
60s 3721
70+ 985
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3989
20-29 years 3102
30-39 years 2057
40-49 years 1320
50-59 years 436
60-69 years 84
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 9706
Female 20730

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 13912
Not Diagnosed 1798

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