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Are You Experiencing Symptoms of PTSD?

Below is a list of problems and complaints that people sometimes have in response to stressful experiences. Circle the response that indicates how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past month. Then add up the numbers.

* Repeated, disturbing memories, thoughts, or images of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Repeated, disturbing dreams of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

*Suddenly acting or feeling as if a stressful experience were happening again (as if you were reliving it)?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Feeling very upset when something reminded you of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Having physical reactions (e.g., heart pounding, trouble breathing, sweating) when something reminded you of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Avoiding thinking about or talking about a stressful experience or avoiding having feelings related to it?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Avoiding activities or situations because they reminded you of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Trouble remembering important parts of a stressful experience?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Feeling distant or cut off from other people?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Feeling emotionally numb or being unable to have loving feelings for those close to you?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Feeling as if your future will somehow be cut short?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Trouble falling or staying asleep?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Feeling irritable or having angry outbursts?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Having difficulty concentrating?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Being “super-alert” or watchful or on guard?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely

* Feeling jumpy or easily startled?
1. Not at all 2. A little bit 3. Moderately 4. Quite a bit 5. Extremely
If you scored 44 or higher it is possible that you may have PTSD. To book a FREE consultation with a leading-edge psychotherapist, please call 416.921.CARE (2273)

Checklist source: http://www.ptsdassociation.com/ptsd-self-assessment.php

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