PTSD Awareness Month
There are currently about 8 million people in the United States with PTSD.
Even though PTSD treatments work, most people who have PTSD don’t get the help they need. June is PTSD Awareness Month. Please help us spread the word that effective PTSD treatments are available.
Everyone with PTSD—whether they are Veterans or civilian survivors of sexual assault, serious accidents, natural disasters, or other traumatic events—needs to know that treatments do work and lead to a better quality of life.
During PTSD Awareness Month and throughout the entire year, help raise awareness about the many different PTSD treatment options. You can make a difference in the lives of Veterans and others who have experienced trauma. Everyone can help.
PTSD Assessment tools and best practices
Proper assessment of trauma exposure and PTSD is best accomplished with validated measures. Below you will find information and online courses about assessment tools and best practices.
We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. The section is organized in the following way:
- Measures authored by National Center staff are available in PDF format to download on the specific measure pages or by request from the Center as noted
- Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via the contact information on the page for the specific measures
- Also available is a comprehensive list of all measures offered
- Using PTSDpubs Database for Assessment Information (formerly PILOTS)
Explains how to search the PTSDpubs database for instruments used in published materials or for articles specific to assessment tools
- FAQs about PTSD Assessment: For Professionals
Provides professionals with answers to frequently asked questions about assessment
- PTSD and DSM-5
Describes the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD
- PTSD Screening and Referral: For Health Care Providers
Discusses the importance of screening for traumatic stress symptoms, with specific steps for screening and referral
- Assessing Risk of Violence in Individuals with PTSD
Discusses risk assessment strategies and screening instruments for violent behavior with PTSD and include tips for providers to reduce risk
- PTSD Assessment and Treatment in Older Adults
Discusses assessment strategies and treatment interventions for older adults based upon patient age and the broader context of aging processes