Clinical assessment and diagnosis

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

According to the National Center for PTSD, approximately 7 or 8 out of 100 individuals will experience PTSD at some point in their lifetime. While people will experience a range of emotions after trauma, a PTSD diagnosis is characterized by a series of symptoms following exposure to a traumatic event, including intrusive memories or dreams of the event, intense distress when exposed to reminders of the event, and avoidance of internal (memories) and external (places, activities, etc.) reminders of the event. Those with PTSD often experience feelings of anger, guilt, or fear, and over time report problems with concentration, sleep, and within interpersonal relationships.

Trauma related disorders

You don’t need to be diagnosed with PTSD to benefit from support. The list below includes other challenges that are common for first responders.

Do I have PTSD?

Feel free to review our confidential and free Trauma Exposure Response checklist to determine if you might have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

 

First Responder Program Staff:

Gita Canaran, M.A., C.Psych.

Jerrica Hunter, M.Psy., R.P.