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 PTSD Quiz: Find Out If You Have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 

Are you experiencing symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, or severe anxiety after a traumatic event? Approximately one in 11 Americans will be diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime. Worldwide, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects millions—but recognizing its signs can be challenging and confusing. 

Our PTSD quiz is a simple yet powerful tool designed to help you understand if you might be suffering from PTSD. Your mental well-being matters, and taking this step could be the first toward finding clarity and support.

What is PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s caused by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms include intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance of trauma reminders, negative mood changes, and heightened arousal. PTSD can significantly impact daily life—but it’s treatable with therapy and medication.

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PTSD and CPTSD (complex post-traumatic stress disorder) are related conditions that come from exposure to trauma. PTSD typically arises from a single traumatic event, leading to symptoms like flashbacks and nightmares. CPTSD, however, stems from repeated trauma or prolonged exposure, such as childhood abuse or ongoing violence. CPTSD symptoms include those of PTSD, along with disturbances in self-identity, emotional regulation, and interpersonal relationships. While both require professional intervention, CPTSD often necessitates more comprehensive treatment due to its complex nature.

Common PTSD Symptoms

Take a look below. Are you experiencing any of the following?

  • Intrusive memories of the traumatic event(s)
  • Flashbacks or reliving the trauma
  • Nightmares related to the trauma
  • Avoidance of reminders of the trauma
  • Negative changes in thoughts and mood
  • Feeling emotionally numb or detached
  • Hypervigilance or heightened arousal
  • Difficulty concentrating or sleeping
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
  • Feelings of guilt, shame, or self-blame 

How Long Do PTSD Symptoms Last?

The duration of PTSD symptoms varies widely among individuals. Some may experience symptoms for a few months, while others may have chronic symptoms that last for years. Early intervention and appropriate treatment can help alleviate symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.


Our PTSD quiz is a simple way to help you assess whether you might be experiencing PTSD symptoms. Remember, this PTSD self-assessment is not a substitute for professional diagnosis. If you suspect you may have PTSD, please consult a mental health professional.

1. Have you experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, such as a serious accident, physical or sexual assault, combat, natural disaster, or other life-threatening event?
2. Do you frequently experience intrusive memories or flashbacks of the traumatic event that cause you significant distress?
3. Do you often avoid people, places, or activities that remind you of the traumatic event?
4. Have you noticed significant changes in your mood or emotional reactions since the traumatic event, such as feeling numb, irritable, or constantly on edge?
5. Do you have trouble sleeping, either difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, since the traumatic event?
6. Have you experienced intense or prolonged feelings of fear, horror, or helplessness since the traumatic event?
7. Do you often feel hypervigilant or easily startled, even in non-threatening situations?
8. Have your relationships with friends, family, or coworkers been significantly impacted since the traumatic event?
9. Do you frequently experience negative thoughts or feelings about yourself or the world since the traumatic event?
10. Have these symptoms persisted for more than one month and significantly interfered with your ability to function in daily life?
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Scoring for PTSD Quiz

– For each “Yes” response, assign 1 point.

– If the total score is 5 or above, it may indicate the presence of PTSD symptoms, and it’s recommended to seek professional help for further evaluation and support.

Getting Help for PTSD

It may seem impossible, but getting help for PTSD can significantly improve the quality of your life. Her Harbor Recovery in Fresno, California specializes in providing support for women dealing with PTSD. Our compassionate and tailored programs offer therapy, counseling, and resources to address trauma and promote healing. For those struggling with addiction as well, we offer medically supervised detox and can help you find the right sober living facility. 

Living with PTSD can feel like living in a nightmare—but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. If you or a loved one is struggling with PTSD, reaching out to Her Harbor Recovery can be a vital step toward reclaiming your well-being and finding hope for the future. Call today for a free, confidential assessment. 

Frequently Asked Questions about PTSD

While PTSD symptoms can improve with time and treatment, for some individuals, they may persist indefinitely. Early intervention and appropriate therapy can help manage symptoms and improve overall well-being.

PTSD can profoundly impact various aspects of a person’s life, including relationships, work, and daily functioning. Symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and hypervigilance can lead to emotional distress, difficulty concentrating, and social withdrawal.

Common symptoms of complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) include emotional dysregulation, chronic emptiness, intense shame, trust issues, distorted self-perception, relationship difficulties, hypervigilance, impaired safety perception, dissociation, suicidal thoughts, loneliness, self-regulation challenges, sensitivity to triggers, emotional expression difficulties, hopelessness, concentration/memory issues, and physical symptoms.

Typically, PTSD is diagnosed by a mental health professional using criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Diagnosis involves assessing the presence and severity of symptoms, duration of symptoms, and their impact on daily functioning.

First, offer empathy, patience, and understanding. Encourage them to seek professional help and provide a nonjudgmental listening ear. Respect their boundaries and triggers, and educate yourself about PTSD to better support them.

If you suspect you have PTSD, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. They can evaluate your symptoms, provide a diagnosis, and recommend appropriate treatment options, which may include therapy, medication, or a combination of both.  Remember: seeking professional help can help you heal and greatly improve the quality of your life.