What is Acute Stress Disorder?
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) is when someone develops anxiety and other symptoms within a month of experiencing to an extremely traumatic event. This can include things like experiencing a serious physical injury, witnessing a death or witnessing an accident. It is fairly common for the individual to experience intense fear, helplessness or horror.
Other common symptoms include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling detached from their body
- Feel like they’re in a dream or that the world feels “unreal”
- Difficulty remembering specifics about the traumatic event
- The event is re-experienced via flashbacks, dreams, thoughts, etc.
- Avoidance of certain things that cause the person to remember the event (such as people, places or certain activities)
- Difficultly experiencing pleasure in activities previously found to be enjoyable.
ASD affects us in a variety of different manners and can greatly interfere with our ability to enjoy our day to day lives if it is ignored or not treated properly. If you or someone you know is suffering from Acute Stress Disorder, please seek the professional treatment you need. We have a range of mental health professionals who can help you overcome your symptoms using various forms of psychotherapy and treatments for ASD. Please read our team bios or contact our admin team to discuss your needs and the best match for you.
As with most things that involve feelings of upset which impact our ability to live our lives in the way that feels most healthy, the best approach is to seek out help sooner rather than later. No matter how long you’ve been experiencing these symptoms, it is never too late to start taking your life back from chronic anxiety. If any of the above sounds familiar, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to set up an appointment.