PTSD Test

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Signs and symptoms of PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that you can get after experiencing an exceptionally threatening and distressing event in your life. PTSD, also known as war-shock or shellshock, was once thought to be a condition only caused by war.

Today, we know that this disorder can also be a direct result of traumatizing events like:

Robbery
Assault
Sexual abuse
Accident
Natural disaster
Difficult birth
Difficult experience during health care
Torture
War events

When in danger, our inborn and natural fight-or-flight response is a healthy reaction that protects us but for a person suffering from PTSD this reaction is damaged, leading to re-experiencing symptoms of the traumatic event. The re-experience is usually filled with fear and anger and can be triggered by external input or by events reminiscent of the trauma.

Symptoms of PTSD usually occur within a few weeks of the traumatic event but sometimes it can take months and even years for them to appear. Below is a list of common PTSD signs and symptoms:

Experiencing flashbacks

When suffering from PTSD it is common to experience flashbacks. Flashbacks occur when a memory is triggered and you go back the time and place of the traumatic event, reliving it in detail. When flashbacks occur, you will act as though the traumatic event is occurring again and feel intensified stress linked to it. You may physically respond to the flashback with sweating and heart palpitations. Flashback can occur both when awake and asleep as nightmares.

Avoiding situations and people

When suffering from PTSD it is common to avoid thoughts, conversations or feelings that remind you of those traumatic memories. You might also make every effort to avoid people or places that remind you of it. A person suffering from PTSD may also lose interest in what is important to them. Previously enjoyable activities become unimportant, and sufferers often feel distant from others and unable to express positive feelings like love or happiness.

Increased psychological sensitivity

When suffering from PTSD it is common to experience an increased psychological sensitivity. The excessive vigilance can make you unusually easily irritated and provoke outbursts of anger. You can get unmotivated tantrums, difficulty concentrating and problems sleeping. It is also common that you are easy to startle and will often jump at loud sounds.

Suffering from memory loss

When suffering from PTSD it is common to experience memory loss. Sometimes the person does not remember anything before, during or after the trauma. Sometimes sufferers find it difficult to remember critical parts of the traumatic event.

PTSD test online

Evaluate the statements below and select the option that you feel is reflecting the way you have been feeling for the past two weeks. The test is of course anonymous and free (see our privacy policy).

The test is not to be seen as a final diagnosis. If you are uncertain about your result, we suggest that you get professional help as soon as possible.

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1. I have experienced a traumatic event in my life, e.g. accident, bad health care experience, robbery, sexual abuse etc., that involved intense fear or helplessness.
2. I often experience flashbacks that make me relive the memories of the traumatic event.
3. I often have nightmares or thoughts in regard to frightening, horrible or upsetting things.
4. I feel constantly on my guard and am easily startled by noise.
5. I avoid people, things and places that remind me of the traumatic event.
6. I feel detached from others, my surroundings or activities.
7. I frequently have sleepless nights or insomnia.
8. I experience extreme reactions to images or sounds that remind me of the traumatic event.
9. I feel much more on edge and irritable compared to before the traumatic event.
10. I have experienced memory loss about all or part of the traumatic event.
11. I often feel emotionally numb after being triggered back to the traumatic event.
12. I do not appreciate activities that I once really enjoyed.
13. My symptoms have lasted for more than 1 month.
14. My symptoms have caused me significant disturbance and distress in my life.

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