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Acute Stress Disorder


It is a psychological condition in which patient experience tremendous anxiety and disturbance in his behavior within one month after exposure to an extreme trauma.

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The cause of this condition is exposure to a sudden traumatic condition. Patient might have experienced threat to life or faced a natural disaster or death of a close one etc.

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Signs & Symptoms
  • Patient becomes unresponsive and insensitive to the surroundings.
  • Patient detaches himself from the society.
  • Patient faces tremendous anxiety and depression.
  • Patient becomes restless and irritated.
  • Patient does not get proper sleep and concentration also become poor.
  • Patient re-experiences the trauma by thought or in dreams.
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Medication Psychotherapy

Generally the condition resolves with time but sometimes it develops into a more brutal condition. Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder includes:-

  • Medications – this includes anti depressants to relieve the anxiety and depression.
  • Psychotherapy – it includes various psychotherapies by psychiatrist. These psychotherapies are really helpful to patient to come out of his stress and to live a better life. These therapies make patient emotionally strong enough to face future emotional stress. This includes cognitive behavioral therapy, psycho educational therapy, supportive therapy, etc.
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