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There is no medical test that can tell whether you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Your doctor will ask you questions to find out whether you have it, what traumatic event may have caused it, and how severe your symptoms are.
Your doctor may ask about:
Your doctor may want your spouse, your partner, or a close family member to come with you. This person can help your doctor understand what you've been going through. Being with someone you trust helps you relax.
Your doctor may ask you to fill out questionnaires about your mental health. He or she may give you a physical exam and lab tests such as blood and urine tests. These can help rule out other things that could be causing your symptoms.
Problems that have symptoms similar to PTSD include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerJessica Hamblen, PhD, MA, NIMH - Psychology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Jessica Hamblen, PhD, MA, NIMH - Psychology, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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