Take the PTSD Test

Answer yes or no to the following questions

Quiz is not meant to replace an assessment by a mental health professional.


Yes  No   You have experienced or witnessed a life-threatening event that caused intense fear, helplessness, or horror.


Do you re-experience the event in at least one of the following ways?

Yes  No   Repeated, distressing memories, or dreams

Yes  No   Acting or feeling as if the event were happening again (flashbacks or a sense of reliving it)

Yes  No   Intense physical and/or emotional distress when you are exposed to things that remind you of the event


Do reminders of the event affect you in at least three of the following ways?

Yes    No   Avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations about it

Yes    No   Avoiding activities and places or people who remind you of it

Yes    No   Blanking on important parts of it

Yes    No   Losing interest in significant activities of your life

Yes    No   Feeling detached from other people

Yes    No   Feeling your range of emotions is restricted

Yes    No   Sensing that your future has shrunk (for example, you don't expect to have a career, marriage, children, or normal life span)


Are you troubled by at least two of the following?

Yes    No   Problems sleeping

Yes    No   Irritability or outbursts of anger

Yes    No   Problems concentrating

Yes    No   Feeling "on guard"

Yes    No   An exaggerated startle response


Additional questions:

PTSD can often have secondary effects, such as depression or substance abuse. The following questions may help you identify complicating factors

Yes    No   Have you experienced changes in sleeping or eating habits?


More days than not, do you feel…

Yes    No   Sad or depressed?

Yes    No   Disinterested in life?

Yes    No   Worthless or guilty?


During the last year, has the use of alcohol or drugs...

Yes    No   Resulted in your failure to fulfill responsibilities with work, school, or family?

Yes    No   Placed you in a dangerous situation, such as driving a car under the influence?

Yes    No   Gotten you arrested?

Yes    No   Continued despite causing problems for you or your loved ones?


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition. Washington,