Need a quick idea as to whether or not you’re in the PTSD ballpark?
Read this PTSD overview in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV – Definition of PTSD.
For a PTSD checklist of sorts, take this PTSD Self-Test to evaluate your symptoms.
Then, download any of the free archives of our radio show YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA for in-depth analysis and explanations by experts in the field of trauma, PTSD and recovery.
|Do you suspect you might have PTSD? Or, do you wonder if how you’re feeling includes elements of 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 post-traumatic stress disorder, complete the following PTSD self-test by clicking the “yes or “no” boxes next to each question.|
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.
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