In this third installment of our series on Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we’re providing you with a brief questionnaire that may help in the screening process for PTSD. As a reminder, everybody responds to trauma differently, despite the possible risk factors, so it’s always best to seek help from a mental health professional, such as a therapist or a counselor, if you have any questions or concerns.
If PTSD is a concern, where do I begin?
Consider taking the following questionnaire that has been created by the National Center for PTSD:
Sometimes things happen to people that are unusually or especially frightening, horrible, or traumatic. For example, a serious accident or fire, a physical or sexual assault or abuse, an earthquake or flood, a war, seeing someone be killed or seriously injured, or having a loved one die through homicide or suicide.
Have you ever experienced this kind of event?
If yes, please answer the questions below. In the past month, have you:
- Had nightmares about the event(s) or thought about the event(s) when you didn’t want to?
- Tried hard not to think about the event(s) or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of the event(s)?
- Been constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?
- Felt numb or detached from people, activities, or your surroundings?
- Felt guilty or unable to stop blaming yourself or others for the event(s) or any problems the event(s) may have caused?
If you answered “yes” to 3 or more of these questions, talk to a mental health care provider to learn more about PTSD and PTSD treatment.
Answering “yes” to 3 or more questions does not mean you have PTSD. Only a mental health care provider can tell you for sure.
What if the screening tool says I don’t have PTSD?
You may still want to talk to a mental health care provider. If thoughts and feelings from the trauma are bothering you, treatment can help — whether or not you have PTSD.
Therapy services < http://mytherapyworks.com/adult > can be helpful as you begin to address past trauma. At TherapyWorks, our experienced therapists can help you implement relevant and effective solutions that you’re looking for.
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