PTSD Screening Quiz

This quick post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD screening quiz is used to help determine if you might benefit from seeking out professional help for posttraumatic stress disorder as an adult. This quiz takes less than a minute to complete and you’ll be provided with an
instant score.

Instructions: Below is a list of problems and complaints that people sometimes have in response to stressful life experiences. Please read each one carefully, and indicate how much you’ve been bothered by that problem in the past month.


I am a year old / /

1. Repeated, disturbing memories, thoughts, or images of a stressful experience from the past?

2. Feeling very upset when something reminded you of a stressful experience from the past?

3. Avoid activities or situations because they remind you of a stressful experience from the past?

4. Feeling distant or cut off from other people?

5. Feeling irritable or having angry outbursts?

6. Having difficulty concentrating?




Adapted from the PCL-C – Short Form and informed by the following research: Lang, A.J., Stein, M.B. (2005) An abbreviated PTSD checklist for use as a screening instrument in primary care. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 585-594. Lang et al. (2012). Abbreviated PTSD Checklist (PCL) as a guide to clinical response Original Research Article General Hospital Psychiatry, 34, 332-338. For personal use only; other use may be prohibited by law. Used here with permission.

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Psych Central Research Team

Psych Central quizzes are developed by Dr. John M. Grohol, Psy.D. in conjunction with other psychological researchers, based upon scientific studies and/or the official diagnostic criteria for a disorder. Dr. Grohol is a published researcher, author, and mental health expert, and he currently sits on the scientific board of Computers in Human Behavior. Learn more about how we develop our psychological tests.

APA Reference
Research Team, P. (2020). PTSD Screening Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 29, 2020, from


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Last updated: 17 Jan 2020
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 17 Jan 2020
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