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Fitango Education          Health Topics               Acute Stress Disorderhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27
Overview   Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder   that can occur in the first month following a   trauma. The ...
Overview   How common is ASD?http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27   2
Overview   Studies of ASD vary in terms of the tools used and   the rates of ASD found. Overall, within one month   of a t...
Risks   Several factors can place you at higher risk for   developing ASD after a trauma:   Having gone through other trau...
Risks   Tending to have symptoms such as not knowing   who or where you are, when confronted with   traumahttp://www.fitan...
Treatment   Yes, a type of treatment called cognitive behavioral   therapy (CBT) has been shown to have positive   results...
Treatment   Another treatment called psychological debriefing   (PD) has sometimes been used in the wake of a   traumatic ...
Additional Resources   National Center for PTSD   PsychCentralhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27   8
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Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder that can occur in the first month following a trauma. The symptoms that define ASD overlap with those for PTSD. One difference, though, is that a PTSD diagnosis cannot be given until symptoms have lasted for one month. Also, compared to PTSD, ASD is more likely to involve feelings such as not knowing where you are, or feeling as if you are outside of your body.

How common is ASD?
Studies of ASD vary in terms of the tools used and the rates of ASD found. Overall, within one month of a trauma, survivors show rates of ASD ranging from 6% to 33%. Rates differ for different types of trauma. For example, survivors of accidents or disasters such as typhoons show lower rates of ASD. Survivors of violence such as robbery, assaults, and mass shootings show rates at the higher end of that range.

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  1. 1. Fitango Education Health Topics Acute Stress Disorderhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27
  2. 2. Overview Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder that can occur in the first month following a trauma. The symptoms that define ASD overlap with those for PTSD. One difference, though, is that a PTSD diagnosis cannot be given until symptoms have lasted for one month. Also, compared to PTSD, ASD is more likely to involve feelings such as not knowing where you are, or feeling as if you are outside of your body.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 1
  3. 3. Overview How common is ASD?http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 2
  4. 4. Overview Studies of ASD vary in terms of the tools used and the rates of ASD found. Overall, within one month of a trauma, survivors show rates of ASD ranging from 6% to 33%. Rates differ for different types of trauma. For example, survivors of accidents or disasters such as typhoons show lower rates of ASD. Survivors of violence such as robbery, assaults, and mass shootings show rates at the higher end of that range.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 3
  5. 5. Risks Several factors can place you at higher risk for developing ASD after a trauma: Having gone through other traumatic events Having had PTSD in the past Having had prior mental health problemshttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 4
  6. 6. Risks Tending to have symptoms such as not knowing who or where you are, when confronted with traumahttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 5
  7. 7. Treatment Yes, a type of treatment called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to have positive results. Research shows that survivors who get CBT soon after going through a trauma are less likely to get PTSD symptoms later. A mental health care provider trained in treatment for trauma can judge whether CBT may be useful for a trauma survivor.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 6
  8. 8. Treatment Another treatment called psychological debriefing (PD) has sometimes been used in the wake of a traumatic event. However, there is little research to back its use for effectively treating ASD or PTSD. It should also be noted that with more severe trauma or reactions such as PTSD, debriefing is not recommended.http://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 7
  9. 9. Additional Resources National Center for PTSD PsychCentralhttp://www.fitango.com/categories.php?id=27 8
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