Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a psychological disorder triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It may occur as a response to:
It can take from a few days to a month for the symptoms of acute stress to manifest themselves.
Seek help if you experience unwanted thoughts, detachment from reality, distress, constant irritability, insomnia, and avoidance of any thoughts or reminders of the traumatic event.
The path to relief requires consistency and dedication.
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The acute stress disorder assessment includes a consultation with a doctor on the symptoms and health history. A healthcare provider will rule out other psychiatric disorders and compare your symptoms, their number, and severity with those mentioned in the DSM-5.
In some cases, the patients are asked to respond to the DSM-4-based Acute Stress Disorder Scale (ASDS).
Assessments for ASD focus on examining the following symptoms:
Take an ASD online assessment and know the results in a few minutes.
Even though ASD and PTSD have similar symptoms, causes, and treatment approaches, they differ in the symptoms onset and duration. ASD occurs within a maximum of four weeks after the traumatic experience. PTSD, on the other hand, can develop during three months or even longer after a traumatic event, and the symptoms must be present for more than a month.
Usually, ASD assessment for adults takes up to 30 minutes to be diagnosed. The duration of the consultation may be longer if the doctor will conduct additional exams for anxiety or depression and determine a detailed treatment plan. However, if the patient cannot describe the symptoms or describe the specifics of the health history precisely, an additional visit may be needed.
At MEDvidi, you can consult with a doctor on acute stress disorder symptoms paying from $195 for the initial appointment. The follow-up sessions cost $175 each.
Psychotherapy is the first-line treatment for acute stress disorder. The most commonly chosen options include trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-TF) and exposure therapy.
Pharmacological treatment may be chosen for acute stress disorder to ease pain, insomnia, agitation, anxiety, or rage. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are chosen most often, while other options include other types of antidepressants and benzodiazepines.
Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for ASD is known to be an integrative approach. It covers the patient’s education on possible symptoms, coping techniques, and available treatment methods. It also includes cognitive restructuring and exposure, which help to develop a healthier emotional response to the reminders of the traumatic experience.
There are different ASD therapy activities, and we will choose those that will work for you.
To reduce some of the acute stress disorder symptoms, medications can be prescribed. These include:
No long lines and waiting hours! At MEDvidi, medications can be prescribed online
during the initial appointment.
Acute stress disorder requires professional attention so it will not develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
However, it never hurts to be informed about treatment options and self-help techniques too. Explore our blog to know more about acute stress disorder, how to overcome it, and how to support a person experiencing it.
You will only need to follow the treatment plan prepared by a mental health expert.
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