As part of PTSD Awareness Month, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers the following Trauma Symptom Checklist to help people identify possible PTSD symptoms. You can also take a look at a similar list on my website, Warning Signs of Trauma -Related Stress.
Please keep in mind that a checklist is not a substitute for a clinical assessment by a trauma-informed therapist. No checklist can capture all the ways people are impacted by trauma. Not everyone experiences PTSD in the same way; research suggests some experience a dissociative subtype of PTSD. Some childhood abuse survivors experience complex PTSD. Bottom line: if your life is disrupted by a traumatic event (or events), you deserve help and it is available.
That being said, here is the…
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