POBOS Trauma Scan

Below is a list of difficulties and negative feelings  people sometimes have after stressful life or shocking events. Please read each item, and then indicate how distressing each diffculty has been for you during the past seven days with respect to the shocking event. How much have you been distressed or bothered by these difficulties? If necessary, print out the completed questionnaire and take it with you to your next appointment with the professional counsellor who is helping you. The POBOS Trauma Scan has been developed on the basis of the 'Impact of event scale - revised (IES-R)'.

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Any reminder of the shocking event brought back feelings about it.

I had trouble staying asleep.

Other things kept making me think about the event.

I felt irritable and angry.

I avoided letting myself get upset when I thought about it or was reminded of it.

I thought about it when I didn't mean to.

I felt as if it hadn't happened or wasn't real.

I stayed away from reminders of it.

Pictures about the incident popped into my mind.

I was jumpy and easily startled.

I tried not to think about it.

I was aware that I still had a lot of feelings about it, but I didn't deal with them.

My feelings about it were kind of numb.

I found myself acting or feeling like I was back at that time.

I had trouble falling asleep.

I had waves of strong feelings about it.

I tried to remove the event from my memory.

I had trouble concentrating.

Reminders of the event caused me to have physical reactions, such as sweating, trouble breathing, nausea, or a pounding heart.

I had dreams about it.

I felt watchful and on-guard.

I tried not to talk about it.

SCORES: This questionnaire is only a screening tool and NOT a diagnostic test. For diagnosis, additional examination by doctor or clinical psychologist is required. The score therefore only gives an indication of  possible presence (or risk) of a post-traumatic stress disorder.