Google uses VA expertise to help individuals identify signs of PTSD


Noticing the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) early and finding the right treatment option can help people recover. That’s why Google called on VA when it was looking to use a tool that helps visitors determine if they might be experiencing PTSD.

Researchers at VA’s National Center for PTSD developed the PC-PTSD-5, a simple and effective, medically-validated survey to test the likelihood of having PTSD. The five item screening assesses key characteristics of PTSD, but is not a diagnosis.

When visitors search for PTSD on Google mobile in the United States, they will get a panel that contains facts and treatment information.  By tapping “Check if you may have PTSD,” visitors can answer a private questionnaire to assess the likelihood PTSD.

“We hope that by making this information available on Google, more people will learn about PTSD and have informed conversations with their health care provider,” said Dr. Paula Schnurr, executive director of VA’s National Center for PTSD. “The screen won’t be able to tell someone for sure if they have PTSD, but it may indicate whether it’s a good idea to see a health care provider for further assessment.”

For more information about PTSD and effective treatment options, visit the National Center for PTSD website at

IMAGE: Peggy WilloughbyPeggy Willoughby is the director of communications for VA’s National Center for PTSD. She joined VA in 1993 and is the daughter and spouse of Army Veterans who served in the Korean War and during the Vietnam era.


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  1. Rick Roberts    

    Hopefully non-veterans will use this tool as well to educate themselves on PTS and eliminate the stigma.

  2. Adana Web Tasarim    

    I understand that, Google knows what it’s like every day.

  3. Richard Edward Forster Sr.    

    After reading some of google’s upper management and owners actions there must be something monetarily beneficial for them. If this looks like a no trust comment that is exactly what it is AND what I truly believe.

  4. Judith Jorge Feliciano    

    My uncle was a Veteran. He died in a Nursing Home. I know part of it had to do with negligence. I was brought up by him. But because there is no paper saying he adopted me. I have no rights as a member of a Veteran. I really will like to find out if I have PTSD. Can someone guide me. Give me some answers. I can’t get my uncle out of my mind. And if this happened to my uncle. Then how many Veterans has this happened to?? Thank u. God bless. judyjorge@hotmail.

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