Start assessing the possibility that you have PTSD.
A PTSD test will help orient you to symptoms and assess how much (or how little) you actually may be struggling with PTSD-specific symptoms.
In addition, understanding all there is about how trauma affects your brain can help you figure out what you need in order to feel better.
Need a quick idea as to whether or not you’re in the PTSD ballpark?
Read this PTSD overview of PTSD symptoms.
Then, download any of the free archives of our radio show for in-depth analysis and explanations by experts in the field of trauma, PTSD and recovery.
|Think you or a loved one might have PTSD? The following questions can be your first step toward determining if you have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. The benefit of this will be to give you a baseline understanding of your experience. Plus, it will help you decide whether or not you should seek a diagnosis or treatment from a qualified doctor or mental health professional.|
|Instructions: If you suspect that you might suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder complete the PTSD self-test below. Then, share the results with a mental health professional qualified to diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder.|
Add up the number of “Yes” answers….
1-3 = few symptoms of PTSD • 4-9 = PTSD likely • 10+ = You display many symptoms of PTSD
If you believe you have PTSD share this self-test your doctor or other healing professional. This is NOT a diagnosis. Only a doctor or qualified mental health professional can make a diagnosis of PTSD.
This PTSD test is based upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (American Psychiatric Association, 4th Ed.) criteria for PTSD, 2004.
If you’ve been diagnosed or feel you do have PTSD, some things to begin your healing process:
- Make an appointment to see your family doctor. (Take the results of the self test with you.)
- Get a recommendation for a trained trauma professional, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, or practitioner.
- Tell family members of your condition so they can understand and support you.
- Speak to your religious leader.
- Educate yourself about PTSD so you understand what you are experiencing.
- Develop a support system for healing.
- Reach out and connect with other survivors. (For support ideas click here.)
- If you’re a veteran contact your local VA.