PTSD TestOnline PTSD Test

PTSD is a response to a stressful event. There are specific signs of post traumatic stress that can indicate that you are struggling with PTSD. This PTSD test is a brief screening tool to help you identify if your symptoms reflect the development of PTSD.

Screening for PTSD can be the first step in getting appropriate mental health treatment for your symptoms.

Have You Experienced a Traumatic or Stressful Life Event?

Post traumatic stress disorder can occur after experiencing a specific or ongoing traumatic event such as:

  • natural disaster
  • life threatening event
  • assault
  • abuse
  • combat
  • bullying
  • shaming
  • crime
  • war
  • medical issues
  • rape

Symptoms of PTSD

If you have experienced a traumatic or stressful life event, relationship, loss, or witnessed a stressful event, you might experience PTSD symptoms. The PTSD test can help you identify if your symptoms reflect PTSD. These symptoms may also be associated with other mental health conditions such as anxiety. Try our other screening tools to rule those out as well.

Common symptoms of PTSD

When we experience trauma or a high level of stress it can get stuck in our bodies, disrupting life in many ways.

  • intrusive memories or dreams
  • negative thoughts and beliefs
  • irritability
  • hypervigilance
  • sleep disturbance
  • heightened startle response
  • difficulty concentrating
  • emotional numbness
  • avoidance of people/places associated with the trauma

The first step to overcoming these symptoms is recognizing them. This brief PTSD screening test can help you identify whether the symptoms you’re experiencing stem from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Do I Have PTSD? Test Yourself With These Brief Questions:

*This online PTSD test is intended to be a screening for PTSD not a diagnosis. Discuss your results with a medical professional to receive an accurate diagnosis for your symptoms. If you do have PTSD, we recommend specific trauma therapy to help you overcome your symptoms.*

Source: Weathers, F.W., Litz, B.T., Keane, T.M., Palmieri, P.A., Marx, B.P., & Schnurr, P.P. (2013). The PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5).

PTSD Test Instructions:

Below is a list of problems that people sometimes have in response to a very stressful experience. Please read each problem carefully and then select one of the numbers to indicate how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past month.

1. Repeated, disturbing, and unwanted memories of the stressful experience?
2. Repeated, disturbing dreams of the stressful experience?
3. Suddenly feeling or acting as if the stressful experience were actually happening again (as if you were actually back there reliving it)?
4. Feeling very upset when something reminded you of the stressful experience?
5. Having strong physical reactions when something reminded you of the stressful experience (for example, heart pounding, trouble breathing, sweating)?
6. Avoiding memories, thoughts, or feelings related to the stressful experience?
7. Avoiding external reminders of the stressful experience (for example, people, places, conversations, activities, objects, or situations)?
8. Trouble remembering important parts of the stressful experience?
9. Having strong negative beliefs about yourself, other people, or the world (for example, having thoughts such as: I am bad, there is something seriously wrong with me, no one can be trusted, the world is completely dangerous)?
10. Blaming yourself or someone else for the stressful experience or what happened after it?
11. Having strong negative feelings such as fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame?
12. Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy?
13. Feeling distant or cut off from other people?
14. Trouble experiencing positive feelings (for example, being unable to feel happiness or have loving feelings for people close to you)?
15. Irritable behavior, angry outbursts, or acting aggressively?
16. Taking too many risks or doing things that could cause you harm?
17. Being “superalert” or watchful or on guard?
18. Feeling jumpy or easily startled?
19. Having difficulty concentrating?
20. Trouble falling or staying asleep?

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Be sure to click Submit Quiz to see your results! *You will also receive helpful resources for overcoming trauma and PTSD.*