A PTSD Checklist will help you and a professional therapist or specialist in mental health determine if you are exhibiting symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
There is a set of checklist for civilians and one for those are active in the military or may have served in the military. These checklists can be found online through government websites as well as sites that specialize in or provide assistance to mental health patients.
They can be answered online or by downloading and printing the form. Usually, if you visit a PTSD specialist and before you can start on your therapy, you will also be given the checklist first which you can answer right at the doctor’s office.
What are Included in the Checklist?
The checklist is a simple form with a set of questions that patients will have to answer as truthfully as possible.
The given situations and/or questions are answerable by four options: Not at all, A little bit, Moderately, Quite a bit and Extremely. The options are each given a specific number and you will then add all the numbers that correspond to your answers.
The total score will help a PTSD specialist determine if you truly are symptomatic to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
How to Interpret Scores
As previously mentioned, each option given has a corresponding number. Specifically, as follows: Not at all – 1; A little bit – 2; Moderately – 3; Quite a bit – 4; and Extremely – 5.
To interpret your score, see breakdown as follows:
0 to 16 – No symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
17 to 20 – No to minimum symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
21 to 29 – Mild symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
30 to 49 – Moderate symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
50 to 86 – Severe symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
However, even if your total score showed that you have symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, you still need to get yourself professionally-checked by a PTSD or mental health specialist.
You should also show the therapist your PTSD Checklist to give them an idea of the symptoms you are exhibiting and their level of severity, whether these are mild symptoms or something more serious.
In some cases, you may also be asked to take another test, this time the PTSD Test. This will help your therapist further analyze if you are symptomatic to PTSD.
If you wish to find out what the test would be like, you may also find this online through government websites and mental health sites. You may also find this test and the checklist in your local mental health department.