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PTSD Checklist for DSM-5

What is the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5?

The PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) is a 20-item self-report measure that assesses the presence and severity of PTSD symptoms. Items on the PCL-5 correspond with DSM-5 criteria for PTSD. The PCL-5 can be used to quantify and monitor symptoms over time, to screen individuals for PTSD, and to assist in making a provisional or temporary diagnosis of PTSD.

When should the PCL-5 be used?

As a part of measurement-based care, the PCL-5 is often used to supplement diagnostic batteries and treatment progress, much the same way that blood glucose is measured throughout the treatment of diabetes. Routine use allows patients and providers to track changes over time and to objectively track symptom improvement as well as symptoms that might need additional attention or a different intervention. It is very important to note that this questionnaire does not replace the need for formal diagnostic assessment and that this screening measure is primarily used to inform clinical decision making. To be clear, you cannot substantiate a diagnosis of PTSD with the PCL-5 alone. However, it is helpful to determine whether or not a diagnosis of PTSD needs to be considered and to track treatment progress for those already diagnosed with PTSD.
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The PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 is a psychometrically sound measure of DSM-5 PTSD symptoms. It is valid and reliable and has been demonstrated to be effective in quantifying PTSD symptom severity. It is also sensitive to change over time in military service members and undergraduate students. Good clinical care requires that clinicians monitor patient progress. Previous research suggested a 5-point difference was a minimum threshold for determining whether an individual has responded to treatment, whereas a 10-point change was the minimum threshold for determining whether the improvement is clinically meaningful using the PCL for DSM-IV. Change scores for PCL-5 are currently being determined; it is expected that reliable and clinically meaningful change will be in a similar range.

Take the PCL-5 Online.

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Nicholas James Psychologist Orlando Florida

Nicholas James, Ph.D.



My name is Nicholas James, Ph.D. I have experience working with individuals facing anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, insomnia, and caregiver strain. I focus on matching evidence-based therapies to the needs of my clients to meet their personal goals of recovery and growth.


I believe that change occurs through personal reflection, cultivating strengths and resources, and incorporating growth into everyday life. It is my goal that each session is collaborative and integrates needs, beliefs, and your background into a person-centered treatment plan.


I try to bring a genuine, humanistic atmosphere to every session. My therapeutic approach is centered in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and incorporates additional evidence-based practices to address unique needs that arise during therapy.


Trauma Focused

Exposure Response Prevention

Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)

Behavior Modification 


Motivational Interviewing Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

Cognitive Processing (CPT)

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Benson Munyan Psychologist Orlando Florida

Benson Munyan, Ph.D.



My name is Dr. Benson Munyan. I specialize in working with those experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and trauma. If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you’re looking for something. Whatever the origin of your story, you are here. There is no time like the present to change our tomorrow.


From our very first session, skills are introduced, demonstrated, and assigned as practice assignments between meetings. I collaboratively set each session agenda with my clients, ensuring we have time for following up since the last session, troubleshooting any problems with skills or homework, and working on new problems or material.


Let’s be honest. Sometimes, life is hard. And sometimes, it downright sucks. There, I said it. I believe we should be able to use everyday language in therapy, and that participating in therapy as our most genuine selves empowers us to better understand the challenges we’re facing as well as potential solutions.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Trauma-Focused Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

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