Acute Stress Disorder

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

If you have recently suffered from trauma, an accident or any sort of bereavement, there is a high possibility that you might be suffering from Acute Stress Disorder. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this condition, its symptoms and possible treatment in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Acute stress disorder involves common mental and physical reactions that typically occur within one month of a traumatic event. Problems that last longer than one month may be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder.

People with acute stress disorder may have feelings of fear, helplessness or horror after the traumatic event. They may feel anxious, nervous, irritable or restless. They might have trouble sleeping or concentrating.

Acute stress disorder can happen after someone experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. Common events that may cause acute stress disorder include military combat, sexual assault, robbery, work-related injuries, natural disasters and unexpectedly hearing bad news.

The most effective treatments involve counseling. Cognitive behavior therapy has been shown to help people whose anxiety does not improve after several weeks. Some people may be prescribed medicine for a short time to help with pain, sleep problems or depression.

After a trauma, it is important to seek safety and ensure that your immediate needs are being met.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.