Acute Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder is the specific fear behavior development lasting after a traumatic event. The fear may last for 3 days to a month or may continue longer. These disorders include social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, panic disorder, anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder in DSM-5
The symptoms of ASD according to the DSM-5 include:
How to manage Acute Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder may come from or include sexual violence, physical abuse or attack, serious accidents, natural disaster, and mugging. Acute stress disorder outcome is best when the victim seeks immediate help and crisis management therapy.
In case crisis therapy is not available or it is unable to eliminate or reduce the acute stress disorder effects, one of the best methods is to consider the ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy). It promotes mindfulness to live in the present and to accept traumatic events versus trying to just repress them.
Patients are given training to accept and recognize the pain relating to the traumatic experience. They use the reduction and stress management techniques components that includes the process of thought stopping, assertiveness training, relaxation breathing, and behavioral rehearsal.
The treatment also permits the patient to share the traumatic event at their own will and are taught to develop coping skills.
Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder
One treatment for Acute Stress Disorder that can be successful is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). It changes the patterns of thoughts surrounding the trauma. CBT works to alleviate symptoms and changes behaviors causing anxiety. CBT helps the ASD person from developing post-traumatic stress disorder.
The other treatments are anxiety management groups and intense therapeutic intervention after the event that allows individual to talk about it. Talking can help people in lessening the ASD symptoms. The counseling helps in strengthening the mechanisms of coping.
ASD when it continues for a long time, can cause difficulty in functioning and significant stress. Treatment reduces the chances, though there is no certainty that it will bring an end to ASD.
Getting medical treatment immediately helps reducing symptoms and coping with ASD. However, managing anxiety with the help of counselors and following a previously mentioned therapy is an award-winning strategy. In addition, there is also guided meditation, stretches to relax your mind and body, and a using a sleep story.
Finally, find a Therapist near you that can assist you in the recovery process and help you get your life back on track!
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