INSTRUCTIONS: Below is a list of problems and complaints that people sometimes
have in response to stressful experiences. Please read each one carefully. Click the
response that indicates how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past
Rating Scale (1 = Not at all 2 = A little bit 3 = Moderately 4 = Quite a bit 5 = A extremely)
Understanding Your Score:
Total up the score for your completed PCL by adding together the numbers that correspond with the responses you selected. Possible scores range from 17 to 85. Research has identified cut-off scores that indicate possible PTSD. These range from 44 to 50, depending on the type of trauma experienced.
If you scored 44 or higher it is likely that you may have PTSD. Scores approaching 40 may indicate partial PTSD. So, if you scored higher than 40 and have not done so already, we strongly recommend that you raise and discuss the issue of PTSD with your family doctor. You can print off your completed PCL and show it to your doctor. This is a good starting point. Your doctor may refer you to a healthcare professional who can provide specialized counseling and treatment for your trauma-related symptoms.
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