PTSD criteria worksheet

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What is the theory behind this PTSD criteria worksheet?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorders is classified as a ‘Trauma and Stressor Related Disorder’ in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5). People develop PTSD after direct or indirect exposure to an event that is extremely traumatic for them. Soon after the exposure a host of physiological, mental and emotional symptoms appear that become debilitating for the individual’s daily functioning. 

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet can help as a preliminary checklist for determining if a client meets the criteria for PTSD or not. It is a summarised checklist of the DSM 5 criteria making it quick and easy to use. 

How to use the worksheet?

This worksheet can be used in hospitals, counselling or therapeutic settings where a comprehensive tool is needed to  diagnose PTSD.  The therapist or counsellor can either ask questions pertaining to the symptoms or determine the presence of the mentioned symptoms through the client’s account of their condition. 

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