Acute Stress Disorders 

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Acute Stress Disorders 

Acute stress disorder can develop following a person’s exposure to one or more traumatic events. Symptoms may develop after an individual either experiences firsthand or witnesses a disturbing event involving a threat of or actual death, serious injury, or physical or sexual violation. Symptoms begin or worsen after the trauma occurs and can last from three days to one month.

It is estimated that between 5 and 20 percent of people exposed to a trauma such as a car accident, assault, or witnessing a mass shooting develop acute stress disorder. And approximately half of those go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder.

Signs and Symptoms 
  • Irritability, which can be extreme

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Difficulty concentrating, or an inability to do so

  • Rapid, disorganized thoughts

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Digestive problems

  • Changes in appetite

  • Feeling helpless

  • A perceived loss of control

  • Low self-esteem

  • Loss of sexual desire

  • Nervousness

  • Frequent infections or illnesses

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