Acute stress disorder is a short-term anxiety disorder triggered
by a traumatic, life-threatening event that causes a reaction of fear,
helplessness, or horror.
Symptoms include feeling numb, reliving the event through
disturbing memories or dreams, and avoiding anything that may be a reminder of
the event. Symptoms are so intense that they disrupt daily activities like
going to work and interacting with other people. The disorder may begin as soon
as 2 days after the event and can last up to 4 weeks. Symptoms that last longer
than 1 month are called post-traumatic stress disorder.
April 20, 2011
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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