Pre-CPT PTSD Baseline

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Perhaps you've experienced a single traumatic event. Perhaps it was multiple smaller events that added up to a traumatizing situation or relationship. Perhaps you don’t know why you feel traumatized. And studies have shown that being part of a marginalized group can lead to PTSD symptoms regardless of identifiable trauma. On top of that, different traumas can surface at different times: perhaps something seemingly minor has been “up” for you lately, even though an outsider would assume what you’re experiencing must have a more obvious cause.

Regardless of which of these situations fits you, think about what’s been up for you over the past month, and answer these questions.

Below is a list of problems that people sometimes have in response to a very stressful experience. Please read each problem and then select one of the options to indicate how much you have been bothered by that problem in the past month. The options include not at all, a little bit, moderately, quite a bit, and extremely.

Not at all: Zero times in the past month.

A little bit: Once. Or a few times, if it feels like a very minor problem.

Moderately: At least twice in the past month; up to a third of the days. A definite presence in your life.

Quite a bit: At least twice a week, on average. Difficult to manage, and at times, overwhelming.

Extremely: A common part of your everyday life. Pervasive, unmanageable, and overwhelming.

A note: Some of us can struggle with these kinds of assessments, because we’re not sure how literally to take the wording. For example, when these questions ask if you feel like the experience is happening again, they are not only asking if you have full cinematic flashbacks; you should also count any times when you think, feel, or otherwise react the way you did during the traumatic experience(s). 

Downplaying our experiences is also a common effect of trauma, especially if you're so used to these symptoms that they don't seem like a big deal anymore. For example, if a question is asking about something that's a regular part of your everyday life, but you don't feel as though it's overwhelming or unmanageable because you've been dealing with it for years, you should disregard the emotional part of the question and just answer based on how often it happens.