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PTSD Self-Inventory

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Number 329

Yes No    Have you experienced a traumatic event which was out of the ordinary realm of experience?
Do you have any of the following problems?

I think about it even when I try not to.
I have strong waves of feeling about it, especially if something reminds me of it.
I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep because pictures of it or thoughts about it come into my mind.
I have nightmares about it.
I stay away from reminders of it.
I try not to talk about it.
I don't let myself get upset if I think about it.
Pictures about it pop into my mind.

My feelings are kind of numb.
I don't enjoy life the way I used to.
I feel like life has passed me by.
I am jumpy if I hear a loud noise.
I am always aware of potential danger.
I have trouble concentrating and my memory is shot.
Little things bother me that didn't used to bother me.
I get irritated or angry a lot.

If you have at least 6 of these symptoms and it is 6 months after the event (or events), you are probably suffering from PTSD.

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Mary Cooper, Ph.D., LMFT, Director, 
The Trauma Resolution Center of LaVeta, Colorado.
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