PTSD screening tool

Do I have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder?

This screening tool is designed as a guide to determine if you might have symptoms of PTSD

A high score on this screening tool does not mean you have Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. A licenced psychologist can complete a more thorough assessment to determine if this is what you are experiencing. This screening tool has 17 questions in total and should take about 3-5 minutes to complete. The test is completely confidential, and your responses will not be recorded by Archways Centre for CBT.

If you have experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror, please answer the following questions:

Do you have intrusions about the event in at least one of the following ways?

Yes  No  Repeated, distressing memories, or dreams
Yes  No  Acting or feeling as if the event were happening again (flashbacks or a sense of reliving it)
Yes  No  Intense physical and/or emotional distress when you are exposed to things that remind you of the event

Do you avoid things that remind you of the event in at least one of the following ways?

Yes   No Avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations about it
Yes   No Avoiding activities and places or people who remind you of it

Since the event, do you have negative thoughts and mood associated with the event in at least 2 of the following ways?

Yes   No Blanking on important parts of it
Yes   No Negative beliefs about oneself, others and the world and about the cause or consequences of the event
Yes   No Feeling detached from other people
Yes   No Inability to feel positive emotions
Yes   No Persistent negative emotional state

Are you troubled by at least two of the following?

Yes   No Problems sleeping
Yes   No Irritability or outbursts of anger
Yes   No Reckless or self-destructive behavior
Yes   No Problems concentrating
Yes   No Feeling "on guard"
Yes   No An exaggerated startle response

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. However, a licenced psychologist can make a more accurate diagnosis. If you are experiencing distress by these behaviours, consider getting in touch with us for a complete and thorough evaluation.

Clinical Psychologist:

First Responder PTSD Clinical Psychologist Gita Canaran in Ontario

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

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