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What are the tests for post-traumatic stress disorder?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: No tests but criteri
There are no "tests" for ptsd but rather criteria: a history of exposure to a traumatic event meeting two criteria and symptoms from each of three symptom clusters: intrusive recollections, avoidant/numbing symptoms, and hyper-arousal symptoms.
A fifth criterion concerns duration of symptoms and a sixth assesses functioning. Please see http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.Asp.

In brief: No tests but criteri
There are no "tests" for ptsd but rather criteria: a history of exposure to a traumatic event meeting two criteria and symptoms from each of three symptom clusters: intrusive recollections, avoidant/numbing symptoms, and hyper-arousal symptoms.
A fifth criterion concerns duration of symptoms and a sixth assesses functioning. Please see http://www.Ptsd.Va.Gov/professional/pages/dsm-iv-tr-ptsd.Asp.
Dr. James Chen
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
In brief: PTSD
Dr chen provided an excellent response.
The hands on evaluation is most important for diagnosis.There are also written screens that are provided to patients that can be scored to determine if the patient meets criteria for ptsd. One is the ptsd check list (or pcl). It is a self-report measure for dsm-iv ptsd criteria. There is a military version, civilian version & a specific version.

In brief: PTSD
Dr chen provided an excellent response.
The hands on evaluation is most important for diagnosis.There are also written screens that are provided to patients that can be scored to determine if the patient meets criteria for ptsd. One is the ptsd check list (or pcl). It is a self-report measure for dsm-iv ptsd criteria. There is a military version, civilian version & a specific version.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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