Do I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental health disorder that is triggered by exposure to or witnessing a trauma traumatic event.

Ask yourself the following questions if you suspect that you have PTSD:

  • Have you experienced or witnessed a traumatic event that has caused intense fear, helplessness or horror?
  • Do you have repeated distressing dreams or memories about the traumatic event?
  • Do you have flashbacks or feel as if the event was happening again?
  • Are you emotionally or physically distressed when something reminds you of the event?
  • Do you avoid thoughts, feelings or talking about the event?
  • Do you avoid people, places, or things that remind you about the event?
  • Do you have difficulty remembering parts of the event?
  • Do you feel detached from other people?
  • Are you having problems sleeping, eating, or engaging in daily activities?
  • Are you isolating yourself from family and friends?
  • Do you feel depressed, anxious, worthless, or disinterested in life?
  • Are you having problems with your memory and concentration?
  • Have you lost interest in your favorite activities?
  • Are you easily startled?
  • Do you have outburst of anger or irritability?


Disclaimer: These questions are not meant to be used for diagnosis but as a tool to determine if further support is needed. If you suspect that you have PTSD, please consult with a trained mental health professional, family doctor or psychiatrist. 

Lindsay Laing, MA, RSW, RP, ICCAC, TITC-CT