Do I have PTSD?

Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5)

The Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 (PC-PTSD-5) is a screening tool designed to identify persons with probable PTSD. Available data suggest the PC-PTS-5 screen should be considered "positive" if the respondent answers "yes" to any 3 items in the questions listed below. Those screening positive should have further assessment with a structured interview for PTSD, preferably performed by a mental health professional who has experience in diagnosing PTSD.
Sometimes things happen to people that are unusually or especially frightening, horrible, or traumatic.
For example:
  • a serious accident or fire
  • a physical or sexual assault or abuse
  • an earthquake or flood
  • a war
  • seeing someone be killed or seriously injured
  • having a loved one die through homicide or suicide
If you have ever experienced this type of event, please answer the following:

"*" indicates required fields

Step 1 of 2

Had nightmares about the event(s) or thought about the event(s) when you did not want to?*
Tried hard not to think about the event(s) or went out of your way to avoid situations that reminded you of the event(s)?*
Been constantly on guard, watchful, or easily startled?*
Felt numb or detached from people, activities, or your surroundings?*
Felt guilty or unable to stop blaming yourself or others for the events(s) or any problems the event(s) may have caused?*


  • Current research suggests that the results of the PC-PTSD-5 should be considered “positive” if a patient answers “yes” to any three items.