PTSD Screening Test

Following up my previous post about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatments, this is brief but scientifically validated screening test for PTSD (from Prins et. al.)

In your life, have you ever had any experience that was so frightening, horrible or upsetting that, in the past month, you…

Have had nightmares about it or thought about it when you did not want to?

          YES      NO

Tried hard not to think about it or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of it?

          YES      NO

Were constantly on guard, watchful or easily startled?

          YES      NO

Felt numb or detached from others, activities or your surroundings?

          YES      NO


Answering 3 or 4 questions in the affirmative is highly suggestive of PTSD.


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