Mental health conditions like generalized anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, intimacy issues, work dissatisfaction, stress and struggles with parenting could be symptoms derived from a previous, unresolved trauma. Due to the diverse nature of the symptoms, these assessments administered by mental health professionals include very specific questions about potential past trauma in a way that does not re-traumatize the person.
Veterans that witnessed traumatic events may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and should be assessed by a mental health professional who can conduct trauma assessments for veterans in way that does not re-traumatize them. Assessments may be needed to qualify for financial retribution through Veterans Affair Canada.
Emotional, Physical or Sexual Trauma
An assessment by a mental health professional will help determine if symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, intimacy issues, or parenting issues stem from a previously unresolved emotional, physical or sexual abuse. Assessments allow therapists to know which treatment will yield the best results.
Many victims of accidents may feel jumpy, agitated, anxious, depressed, dissociated or numb after the accident. They may also experience memory loss, concentration issues and fear. An assessment done by a mental health professional helps to determine if these symptoms are related to a traumatic, allowing them to conduct the right treatment.
Click below for the trauma self-assessment checklist. Your self-assessment won't confirm whether or not you have PTSD since only a trained mental health professional can provide you with a valid diagnosis of any mental health condition.