What is Acute Stress Disorder? (Traumatic Exposure) –
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ASD is distinguished by the development of severe anxiety. It typically occurs within four weeks of a traumatic or distressing event. It generally lasts for at least three days and can continue up to one month. Individuals with ASD experience a decline in emotional responsiveness. They also find it difficult to enjoy usual hobbies or regular activities. The symptoms that define ASD overlap with those of PTSD. Studies of ASD suggest that almost 33% people who experience trauma have ASD.
What are the Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder? Individuals suffering from ASD show three or more dissociative symptoms. These symptoms are feeling detached, numb or being emotionally unresponsive. Reduced awareness of surroundings, depersonalization & dissociative amnesia. Individuals with ASD persistently re-experience dramatic event in many ways. It is common for those with ASD to avoid stimuli. Stimuli include conversations, people, objects, places and feelings. The symptoms of ASD may disrupt important aspects of an individual’s life. This includes social settings, as well as the inability to complete tasks.
What are the Causes of Acute Stress Disorder? To be at risk of ASD, a person must be exposed to a traumatic event. Acute stress response is the physiological response behind ASD.
How is Acute Stress Disorder Treated? Psychotic evaluation is required if the survivor is at risk of suicide. Hypnotherapy or exposure-based therapies are required.
How is Acute Stress Disorder Prevented? There are ways to reduce the likelihood of survivors developing ASD… Counseling and preparation training reduces risk of both ASD and PSTD.
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