There is no medical test that can tell whether you have
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Your doctor
will ask you questions to find out whether you have it, what traumatic event
may have caused it, and how severe your symptoms are.
may ask about:
The event that is causing your symptoms.
Traumatic events in your past, including those that happened when
you were a child. These may include sexual assault or physical
Military service, especially if you have been in combat.
Symptoms you may have. These include reliving the event, avoiding
things that make you think about the event, feeling numb, or always being alert
to danger. Your doctor also will ask if these symptoms disrupt your
Any legal issues having to do with the traumatic
Any other mental or emotional health conditions you may
have, such as
Whether anyone in your family
has had a mental health condition.
Whether you have any suicidal
thoughts or thoughts of harming others.
Your doctor may want your spouse, your partner, or a close
family member to come with you. This person can help your doctor understand
what you've been going through. Being with someone you trust helps you
Your doctor may ask you to fill out questionnaires about
your mental health. He or she may give you a physical exam and lab tests such
as blood and urine tests. These can help rule out other things that could be
causing your symptoms.
Problems that have symptoms similar to
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.