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What are the common symptoms of acute stress disorder?

What are the common symptoms of acute stress disorder?

Acute Stress D/O: Acute stress d/o is an anxiety disorder occurring within 4 weeks of event(s) involving threatened death/serious injury or self or others, and response of fear, helplessness, or horror. Lasts at least 2 days and no longer than 4 weeks after the event. Symptoms may include a subjective sense of numbing, detachment, & amnesia; also recurrent images, thoughts, dreams; increased arousal; avoidance. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of acute stress disorder? How do I know if I have it?

What are the symptoms of acute stress disorder? How do I know if I have it?

Acute stress disorde: Check this site for criteria: http://www.Nattc.Org/learn/topics/veterans/docs/dsmvacutestress.Pdf. If you have many of these sxs the diagnosis can be confirmed by a psychologist or a psychiatrist. Take care. ...Read more

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How can post traumatic stress disorder differ from acute stress discorded?

It is the length of: Symptoms. How long after the traumas relates to delayed reaction. It should be noted that in a combat scenario, the time clock begins after leaving the combat zone ( the trauma itself). ...Read more

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What is the difference between the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder?

What is the difference between the diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder?

PTSD is a chronic: conditon, a normal response to trauma that can be treated and hopefully eventually resolve. Acute means that something is happening presently and has come on relatively quickly, like a pain or a panic in response to a stressor. Peace and good health. Individual and group therapy are used to treat PTSD. ...Read more

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Can stress really cause disease?

Can stress really cause disease?

It can: Stress is the normal response of our body to the multiple stimuli that affects our daily living. It's responsible of our muscle to grow when we do routinely exercise and other beneficial effects. But if the stress is constant, and for long periods of time it can produce damage to our body and mind. The same will happen if you overexert your muscle: it will injure and get constant pain. ...Read more

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Define posttraumatic stress disorder?

Define posttraumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Post traumatic stress disorder can develop in the aftermath of horrific or life/limb threatening experiences. Sxs need to be in place for at least a month. There are symptoms of reliving (dreams, flashbacks ; memories), avoidance (of people, places, things that trigger symptoms) ; ^’ed arousal (^ startle response, hypervigilanc, problems w sleep etc.). ...Read more

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What's the difference between chronic vs acute stress?

What's the difference between chronic vs acute stress?

Acute vs chronic: Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a disorder seen in the first month following a trauma. Symptoms overlap with post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd), which isn't diagnosed until a month after the trauma. Over 80% of people with ASD also have ptsd 6 months later. Those with multiple previous traumas, other mental health issues, & who dissociate when seeing trauma, are more often affected with both. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have posttraumatic stress disorder?

How to determine if I have posttraumatic stress disorder?

Post Traumatic : Stress disorder can be fairly complex. I recommend evaluation by a mental health provider (psychiatrist or psychologist) who is experienced in working with ptsd. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a posttraumatic stress disorder?

PTS: Post traumatic stress disorder has become more common especially seen in troops coming home from iraq and afghanistan. If you have had a life altering event and find yourself having difficulties coping with day to day affairs then you should try and get some therapy. This does not have to be with a psychiatrist or psychologist. Many clergy are well trained to help.The key is to get help. ...Read more