PTSD checklist. Check yourself now!
During the first weeks after traumatic event a lot of people are experiencing symptoms, associated with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over time, these symptoms subside or disappear completely and may get replaced with awareness of necessity to deal with all the problems and get back to a normal life. All this is quite normal. However, in some cases these symptoms stay and even become aggravated. In such instance, it is better to seek the professional medical help. To decide whether you need a medical assistance, you should use a PTSD checklist.
You need to seek medical assistance if:
- Your feelings interfere with your daily life and the lives of people around you for a long time;
- You can not get rid of thoughts and feelings about the trauma, and they threaten your peaceful life and happiness;
- You are feeling more and more detached from things, which used to help – meeting friends, some sorts of activities or your faith.
The following characteristics of post-traumatic stress cover a wide range of symptoms. Most people, who have experienced traumatic event, can feel these symptoms in the initial few days, or sometimes weeks after the incident. If you or your loved ones suffer from a number of the following symptoms for a long time, see if you can help yourself or seek the professional help.
Use this PTSD checklist to check whether you deal with the following symptoms:
1. Re-experiencing of the incident
- Are you obsessed with the past traumatic event (it’s hard to get rid of painful thoughts, pictures or feelings, associated with the trauma)?
- Do you suffer from nightmares about the trauma?
- Do you suffer from recurring memories, constantly feeling, that traumatic event is re-experienced over and over again?
- Do you feel stress, depression and anxiety due to various factors, associated with the trauma?
2. Avoidance of reality
- Do you avoid thoughts, conversations and feelings, associated with the trauma?
- Do you avoid places, activities or people, who remind you of the trauma?
- Are you less interested in your favorite activities?
- Do you feel the impossibility of being happy, being in love or other positive emotions?
- Do you find it difficult to plan for the future?
3. Excessive excitability
- Do you fall asleep with difficulty?
- Do you feel irritated and get angry for no apparent reason?
- Do you have difficulty in concentration and learning?
- Do you feel the groundless tension most of the time?
- Do you jump up with every loud sound or sudden movement?
4. Addictive substances
- Did you start drinking alcohol after the trauma to get away from painful thoughts and feelings?
- Did you start using drugs to forget about bad traumatic memories?
5. Feeling of guilt
- Do you feel guilty because of surviving the accident?
- Do you feel guilty for your behavior during the traumatic event?
6. Detachment from the outside world
- Do you feel completely detached from everything and can not remember, what did you do last a few minutes or even hours ago?
- Do you feel “out of body” and observe yourself as if from the distance?
If you completed this PTSD checklist and see that you experience one or more of these symptoms for a long time and they do not subside or even become aggravated, – we recommend you to seek the professional help with PTSD specialists. There are several methods of treatment for PTSD, and most of them are effective enough to bring your previous life back.