This checklist below is based on a standard screening test that was on the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) website. There is another one called the PTSD Checklist which is at http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/media/pdf/hw/form_ug4423.pdf.
A. Do you re-experience the loss (i.e. placement, surrender, relinquishment) of your baby to adoption in at least one of the following ways?
- Repeated, distressing memories and/or dreams?
- Acting or feeling as if the event were happening again (flashbacks or a sense of reliving it)?
- Intense physical and/or emotional distress when you are exposed to things that remind you of the event?
B. Do you avoid reminders of the event and feel numb, compared to the way you felt before, in three or more of the following ways:
- Avoiding thoughts, feelings, or conversations about it?
- Avoiding activities, places, or people who remind you of it?
- Blanking on important parts of it?
- Losing interest in significant activities of you life?
- Feeling detached from other people?
- Feeling your range of emotions is restricted?
- Sensing that your future has shrunk (for example, you don't expect to have a career, marriage, children, or a normal life span)?
C. Are you troubled by two or more of the following:
- Problems sleeping?
- Irritability or outbursts of anger?
- Problems concentrating?
- Feeling "on guard"?
- An exaggerated startle response?
This is only a screening test, i.e. something you can bring to your doctor. Only psychologists and doctors (e.g. psychiatrists) can give an actual diagnosis.