Acute Stress Disorder / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder
Acute Stress Disorder can be experienced when a person has been exposed to a traumatic event in which the person experienced, witnessed or was confronted with an events or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury or a threat to the physical integrity of self and others.
Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder, that cause clinically significant distress or impairment, can be experienced during or immeditately after the trauma, last for at least 2 days amd either resolve within four weeks after the traumatic event. When sytmptoms persist beyond one month a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may be made.
from the American Psychiatrist Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,Fourth Edition, Washington DC, American Psychiatrist Association 1994
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