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Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms and Treatment


Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms and Treatment Overview:

Information related to Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms and Treatment follow below. While some of these Acute Stress Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Acute Stress Disorder symptoms are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


308.3 Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms and Treatment




Symptoms include dissociative symptoms such as numbing, detachment, a reduction in awareness of the surroundings, derealization, or depersonalization; re-experiencing of the trauma, avoidance of associated stimuli, and significant anxiety, including irritability, poor concentration, difficulty sleeping, and restlessness.  The symptoms must be present for a minimum of two days and a maximum of four weeks and must occur within four weeks of the traumatic event for a diagnosis to be made. 




The disorder may resolve itself with time or may develop into a more severe disorder such as PTSD.  Medication can be used for a very short duration (up to four weeks) or psychotherapy can be utilized to assist the victim in dealing with the fear and sense of helplessness.



See additional Diagnosis and Treatment Codes Above Right Hand Corner 


Information from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fourth Edition Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR)


Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  Ph.D Licensed Psychologist (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)


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