PTSD Test: A Self-Assessment Quiz

Use our 20 question quiz to determine if you might have symptoms of PTSD. Each question will present a problem that people sometimes have in response to a very stressful experience. Please read each problem carefully and then select an answer choice to indicate how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past month. Please note that this quiz should not be used as a diagnostic tool; PTSD should always be diagnosed by a medical professional. These questions simply may give you an idea of whether you have experienced PTSD symptoms. Contact us to learn more about your results, and we can talk about treatment options that may be right for you.



1 / 20

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)?

2 / 20

Trouble falling or staying asleep?

3 / 20

Having difficulty concentrating?

4 / 20

Feeling jumpy or easily startled?

5 / 20

Being “superalert” or watchful or on guard?

6 / 20

Taking too many risks or doing things that could cause you harm?

7 / 20

Irritable behavior, angry outbursts, or acting aggressively?

8 / 20

Trouble experiencing positive feelings (for example, being unable to feel happiness or have loving feelings for people close to you)?

9 / 20

Feeling distant or cut off from other people?

10 / 20

Loss of interest in activities that you used to enjoy?

11 / 20

Having strong negative feelings such as fear, horror, anger, guilt, or shame?

12 / 20

Blaming yourself or someone else for the stressful experience or what happened after it?

13 / 20

Trouble remembering important parts of the stressful experience?

14 / 20

Avoiding external reminders of the stressful experience (for example, people, places, conversations, activities, objects, or situations)?

15 / 20

Avoiding memories, thoughts, or feelings related to the stressful experience?

16 / 20

Having strong physical reactions when something reminded you of the stressful experience (for example, heart pounding, trouble breathing, sweating)?

17 / 20

Feeling very upset when something reminded you of the stressful experience?

18 / 20

Suddenly feeling or acting as if the stressful experience were actually happening again (as if you were actually back there reliving it)?

19 / 20

Repeated, disturbing dreams of the stressful experience?

20 / 20

Repeated, disturbing, and unwanted memories of the stressful experience?

Your score is


What Is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

When you live through a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, open-shooter situation, or active combat, it’s normal to have some symptoms of anxiety afterward. These symptoms usually subside as time passes. PTSD, on the other hand, might not emerge immediately after a trauma. Instead of lessening with time, your symptoms tend to worsen and can become more disruptive to your ability to function and your overall quality of life.

PTSD was initially diagnosed in military veterans during World War I and World War II due to the horrors of trench warfare. Today, psychiatrists and mental health providers know that anyone can develop PTSD. Research hasn’t revealed why some people get PTSD and others don’t.

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