Trauma symptoms and PTSD questionnaire

PTSD – Post traumatic stress disorder is referred as a long-term reaction to trauma. The symptoms are unique, personal, and often painful.

Trauma survivors may relieve their trauma through thoughts, feelings, memories, and other
means. This may trigger uncomfortable emotions such as fear, anger, or sadness.

The person will have several symptoms like:

• Intense dreams
• Flashbacks
• Distressing thoughts and feelings about the trauma
• Emotional distress or physical responses after experiencing a trauma reminder
• Using drugs or alcohol to suppress uncomfortable thoughts and emotions
• Avoidance of activities or places or people related to the trauma
• Avoidance of conversations about the trauma
• Excessive blame toward oneself or others related to the trauma
• Depression
• Feelings of isolation or disconnection from surroundings
• Difficulty experiencing positive feelings
• Excessive negative thoughts about oneself or the world
• Becoming irritable, quick to anger, or aggressive
• Difficulty concentrating
• Frequently scanning the environment or watching for trauma reminders
• Difficulty sleeping
• Feelings of anxiety
• Risky or impulsive behaviours.



PTSD Questionnaire

Below is a list of difficulties people sometimes have after stressful life events. Please read each item, and then indicate how distressing each difficulty has been for you during the past month.
Scale from 0 (not important) to 4 (extremely distressful) how much have you been distressed or bothered by these difficulties?

  1. Any reminder brought back feelings about it. Score_______

2. I had trouble staying asleep. Score ______

3. Other things kept making me think about it. Score ______

4. I felt irritable and angry. Score ______

5. I avoided letting myself get upset when I thought about it or was reminded of it. Score ______

6. I thought about it when I didn’t mean to. Score ______

7. I felt as if it hadn’t happened or wasn’t real. Score ______

8. I stayed away from reminders of it. Score ______

9. Pictures about it popped into my mind. Score ______

10. I was jumpy and easily startled. Score ______

11. I tried not to think about it. Score ______

12. I was aware that I still had a lot of feelings about it, but I didn’t deal with them. Score ______

13. My feelings about it were kind of numb. Score ______

14. I found myself acting or feeling like I was back at that time. Score ______

15. I had trouble falling asleep. Score ______

16. I had waves of strong feelings about it. Score ______

17. I tried to remove it from my memory. Score ______

18. I had trouble concentrating. Score ______

19. Reminders of it caused me to have physical reactions, such as trouble breathing or a pounding heart. Score ______

20. I had dreams about it. Score ______

21. I felt watchful and on-guard. I tried not to talk about it. Score ______

Total score:_____________________


In this Weiss, D.S. (2007) scale, scores over 24 tend to be quite meaningful and probably this is affecting yours and the life of your loved ones.


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