Questionnaire: Post Traumatic Stress & Trauma

Questionnaire: Post Traumatic Stress & Trauma

Traumatic events can be perceived as life threatening, exceeding a person’s available resources, argues Miriam Taylor – a Gestalt specialist for trauma. She writes:

Put rather crudely, trauma is something that cannot be coped with. It is a moment in which everything is undone. (2014:2)

Taylor argues there are different types of trauma: unforeseen events and trauma in relationships (2014:3). The NHS (2015) writes following type of events can cause post traumatic stress (PTS):

  • serious road accidents
  • violent personal assaults, such as sexual assault, mugging or robbery
  • prolonged sexual abuse, violence or severe neglect
  • witnessing violent deaths
  • military combat
  • being held hostage
  • terrorist attacks
  • natural disasters, such as severe floods, earthquakes or tsunamis

IES-R (Impact of Events Scale – Revised)

I digitalised a questionnaire with 22 questions that is used by health practitioners as a screening tool to assess PTS (post traumatic stress). Please note, taking a questionnaire is not a diagnosis, but I hope it will support you to seek help when necessary.


  • References:
  • Taylor, M., 2014. Trauma Therapy And Clinical Practice: Neuroscience, Gestalt And The Body. [e-book]. Open University Press. Maidenhead.
  • NHS – National Health Service, 2015, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), accessed 1 October 2017,