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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Also known as PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe condition that may develop after a person is exposed to one or more traumatic events, such as sexual assault, serious injury or the threat of death. The diagnosis may be given when a group of symptoms such as disturbing recurring flashbacks, avoidance or numbing of memories of the event, and hyperarousal (high levels of anxiety) continue for more than a month after the traumatic event.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), 70% report having anxiety and nervousness, 66% report having depression, and 57% report having depressive or psychotic symptoms. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) are anxiety and nervousness, excessive anger, low self-esteem, and fears and phobias, although you may still have post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) often receive psychotherapy, mental health counseling, depression screen, psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy and occupational therapy assessment .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) include clonazepam, quetiapine (seroquel), trazodone, bupropion (wellbutrin), fluoxetine (prozac), risperidone, lamotrigine (lamictal), aripiprazole (abilify), mirtazapine, lithium (li), olanzapine (zyprexa), eszopiclone (lunesta) and oxcarbazepine (trileptal) .

Clonazepam
$9
(28 days)
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
$290
(28 days)
Trazodone
$7
(28 days)
Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
$51
(28 days)
Fluoxetine (Prozac)
$13
(28 days)
Risperidone
$107
(28 days)
Lamotrigine (Lamictal)
$63
(28 days)
Aripiprazole (Abilify)
$497
(28 days)
Mirtazapine
$16
(28 days)
Lithium (Li)

Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
$536
(28 days)
Eszopiclone (Lunesta)
$164
(28 days)
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)
$95
(28 days)

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) include age 30-44 years age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd).

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.1x
5-14 years
1.1x
15-29 years
1.0x
30-44 years
1.6x
45-59 years
1.6x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.1x

Sex

Male
0.7x
Female
1.2x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.2x
Other
1.0x
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