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Assessing PTSD

Overview

There is no medical test that can diagnose PTSD. Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, how long you've had them, and how much they affect your daily activities.

Your doctor may also ask about:

  • The event or events that led to your symptoms.
  • Traumatic events in your past, including those from childhood.
  • Whether anyone in your family has had a mental health problem.
  • Whether you have any suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming others.

You may also have a physical exam or lab tests to check for signs of injury or other medical problems that may be causing your symptoms. Your doctor will also check to see if you have other mental health problems like depression or substance use disorder.

Your doctor may want your spouse, partner, or close family member to come with you. This person can help your doctor understand what you've been going through.

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