PTSD: National Center for PTSD
This self-screen can help you find out if your feelings and behaviors may be related to PTSD.
Only a trained provider can diagnose PTSD. Your responses here are private and secure—they are not collected or shared. You may take a screenshot or print this screen to share with a provider.
Do not take the self-screen for someone else. If you are concerned that someone you care about might have PTSD, please share this screen with them instead.
Sometimes things happen to people that are unusually or especially frightening, horrible, or traumatic. For example:
- A serious accident or fire
- A physical or sexual assault or abuse
- An earthquake or flood
- A war
- Seeing someone be killed or seriously injured
- Having a loved one die through homicide or suicide
Have you ever experienced this kind of event?
You answered that you may not have experienced a type of event that is related to PTSD.
You may have experienced other very stressful events. There are other mental health problems related to trauma, like depression, anxiety, sleep problems and substance misuse. Talk with a provider about what you are feeling, even if you do not have PTSD. Doing so can help you determine the next steps to consider.
In the PAST MONTH, have you:
You scored 3 or more on the PC-PTSD-5 (Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5).
Your answers suggest you may have PTSD.
Your score does not mean that you have PTSD. Talk with a health care provider to get the help you deserve. PTSD treatment works, so why wait?
You scored 2 or less on the PC-PTSD-5 (Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5).
Your answers suggest you may not have PTSD.
If you notice your symptoms aren't improving or are getting worse, you may want to talk to a health care provider. If you have symptoms that last, treatment can help—whether or not you have PTSD.
A first step toward finding relief is understanding your symptoms. You are not alone, and PTSD is treatable.
If you are having symptoms after a traumatic event, we encourage you to talk to a health care provider. Talking about the results from the self-screen can help you understand what the symptoms mean for your overall health. Depending on your situation, a provider may recommend options such as self-care, therapy or medication. A provider may also talk with you about other health problems that are related to PTSD.
You're Not Alone
Get immediate help by phone: call or text 988. If you are a Veteran, call 988 then press 1. Or, Veterans can text 838255.
If you're thinking about harming yourself, or would like emotional support, help is available 24/7: Veterans Crisis Line or the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also open a live, online chat on these websites.