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Question 1

Have you ever experienced a traumatic event?

If you have been exposed to more than one such event, choose the one whose symptoms have most affected you the most over the past week.

  • Yes
  • No
    For an event to be considered traumatic you must have experienced or witnessed an event that involved a threat to life, serious injury, or assault, such as non-consensual sex.
    The event you refer to may be very distressing to you without being 'traumatic.' According to the answers you have given the event you are thinking about is not considered traumatic, and it is not worthwhile continuing with the test.
  • I am not sure
    A traumatic event implies a threat to physical integrity and has three possible levels of exposure. For example:
    (1) A bank clerk who is held up experienced the event.
    (2) A customer in the bank may have witnessed the event.
    (3) Another clerk, who should have been at the bank at the time of the robbery but was not, is indirectly exposed to the event without having experienced the event herself.
    All three people may develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Question 2

What is your level of exposure to this event?

  • Direct exposure
  • I witnessed it
  • Indirectly exposed
  • I am not sure

Question 3

Under which of the following categories could the event be classified?

  • Natural disaster
    • Tornado
    • Storm or hurricane
    • Fire
    • Earthquake
    • Landslide
    • Tidal wave (Tsunami)
    • Flood
    • Other
  • Accident
    • Serious road accident
    • Serious injury or illness
    • Fire
    • Explosion
    • Exposure to a toxic substance
    • Other
  • Caused with intent
    • Child abuse or neglect
    • Physical assault
    • Sexual assault
    • Fire
    • Terrorist attack
    • Robbery
    • Exposure to a toxic substance
    • Death threats
    • Hostage taking
    • Combat
    • Torture
    • Other
  • Separation, bereavement or loss of employment
    Bereavement, loss of employment, and the break-up of relationships can be extremely difficult and painful. However, they are considered as part of a normal life. A 'traumatic' event must involve a physical threat to yourself or others.
  • Other
    A 'traumatic' event must involve a physical threat to yourself or others.

Question 4

Which of the following emotion best reflects your reaction when the event took place?

  • I felt very scared.
  • I felt totally helpless.
  • I was horrified.
  • I experienced more than one of these emotions.
  • I didn’t feel any of these emotions.
    For an event to be considered 'traumatic' it must have caused you to feel fear, helplessness, or horror. If you did not experience any of these, it is not worthwhile continuing with the test as you are unlikely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
    To find information that is relevant to you, click above on 'Learn about trauma' section.

You have undergone a traumatic event. We see large differences with respect to the impact of these events. Symptoms can increase or decrease with time. We will now examine the impact that this event currently has on your life.

Question 5

When did this event occur?

If the event(s) lasted a long period of time, consider the moment when the event(s) first started.

  • In the last week
  • In the past month
  • This year
  • Over a year ago

Evaluating your PTSD symptoms

The following test has 22 questions, and should take around 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us to determine if you have a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Some or all of the questions may not apply to you. If it has been more than a week since you have experienced a particular difficulty choose 'not at all.'

Over the past week...

Not at all A little bit Moderately Quite a bit Extremely
01 Any reminder brought back feelings about it.
02 I had trouble staying asleep.
03 Other things kept making me think about it.
04 I felt irritable and angry.
05 I avoided letting myself get upset when I thought about it or was reminded of it.
06 I thought about it when I didn’t mean to.
07 I felt as if it hadn’t happened or wasn’t real.
08 I stayed away from reminders about it.
09 Images of it popped into my mind.
10 I was jumpy and easily startled.
11 I tried not to think about it.
12 I was aware that I still had a lot of feelings about it, but I didn’t deal with them.
13 My feelings about it were kind of numb.
14 I found myself acting or feeling as though I was back at that time.
15 I had trouble falling asleep.
16 I had waves of strong feelings about it.
17 I tried to remove it from my memory.
18 I had trouble concentrating.
19 Reminders of it caused me to have physical reactions, such as sweating, trouble breathing, nausea, or a pounding heart.
20 I had dreams about it.
21 I felt watchful or on-guard.
22 I tried not to talk about it.

You now have an idea of the severity of your post-traumatic stress symptoms.

If you are planning to consult a mental health professional in a near future, you can print this test and bring it with you to your appointment.


Last updated: 1/1/2010 | © info-trauma 2009