Have you experienced or witnessed a scary or horrible event?

A person can develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after having a direct experience, or witnessing an event, that was traumatic. Symptoms continue for at least one month following a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD may not appear until several months or even years later.

Traumatic events that happen to us as children or adults can be so overwhelming and inherently frightening that they cause temporary, and in some cases, permanent changes in our physical and psychological responses to stress.  



PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) Test

Complete the following to get an assessment on the likelihood that you or someone you love is showing signs of post traumatic stress disorder.

Have you talked to other people about the trauma recently?
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Do you have unwanted, upsetting memories about the trauma?
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Do you find yourself reliving the traumatic event or feeling as if it were actually happening again?
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Do you have bad dreams or nightmares related to the trauma?
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Do you ever feel very EMOTIONALLY upset when reminded of the trauma?
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Do you avoid activities, situations, or places that remind you of the trauma or that feel more dangerous since the trauma?
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Are you often overly alert or on-guard (for example, checking to see who is around you, being uncomfortable with your back to a door)?
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People who have experienced past trauma will often try to avoid sources of distress, such as memories, thoughts, or feelings that are associated with the traumatic events or of external reminders, such as people, places, conversations, activities, objects, situations. Frequently people may notice a change in arousal or behavior. Some symptoms may include:

  • An inability to remember an important aspect of the traumatic events (not due to head injury, alcohol, or drugs)
  • Having persistent and exaggerated negative beliefs or expectations about oneself, others, or the world (such as “I am bad,” “No one can be trusted,” “The world is completely dangerous”).
  • Blaming one’s self or others about the cause or consequences of the traumatic events
  • Experiencing persistent fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame
  • Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities
  • Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others
  • Irritable or aggressive behavior
  • Reckless or self-destructive behavior
  • Hypervigilance, always being watchful or on guard
  • Exaggerated startle response
  • Problems with concentration
  • Sleep disturbance, having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

Traumatic events or having PTSD can feel like the world is a dangerous place…

Many people experience trauma, abuse, crime, or a natural disaster within their lifetime. These traumatic experiences do not need to define you for the rest of your life. People can, and people do heal following events that are awful or filled with horror. You do not need to continue re-living these horrors.

Let’s help you get past traumatic events and feel safe again.


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