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What Is Acute Stress Disorder?

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a psychological disorder triggered by experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. It may occur as a response to:

  • The death of a close person
  • Car accident
  • The threat of serious injury or death
  • Sexual assault
  • Natural disasters, etc.

It can take from a few days to a month for the symptoms of acute stress to manifest themselves.

Seek help if you experience unwanted thoughts, detachment from reality, distress, constant irritability, insomnia, and avoidance of any thoughts or reminders of the traumatic event.

Untreated Acute Stress Causes Risk for Developing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

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Your Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder in Three Steps

one
Check Your Symptoms for free
Sign up and assess your symptoms of acute stress via SmartCare. You will instantly get the results.
two
See a Doctor Online
During the initial appointment, the doctor will examine your symptoms, rule out other disorders, and make a diagnosis. You will be offered a personalized acute stress disorder treatment plan.
three
Attend Follow-ups
Follow the acute stress disorder treatment guidelines and be consulted on treatment adjustments if you have any concerns.
1
Check Your Symptoms for free

Sign up and assess your symptoms of acute stress via SmartCare. You will instantly get the results.
2
See a Doctor Online

During the initial appointment, the doctor will examine your symptoms, rule out other disorders, and make a diagnosis. You will be offered a personalized acute stress disorder treatment plan.
3
Attend Follow-ups

Follow the acute stress disorder treatment guidelines and be consulted on treatment adjustments if you have any concerns.

The path to relief requires consistency and dedication.
But no worries, we will guide you along the way.

Acute Stress Disorder Treatment at MEDvidi In-detail

Initial Visit

Follow-ups

Initial Visit

  • An online 45-minute visit
  • Symptoms check
  • Identifying treatment goals
  • Developing a treatment plan
  • Prescribing medications
From $150

Follow-ups

Therapy

  • Regular 60-minute visits
  • Symptoms monitoring
  • Working on thinking and behavioral changes

Prescription Management

  • Regular 15-minute visits
  • Symptoms monitoring
  • Prescription refills
  • Treatment adjustments

Why Choose MEDvidi?

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Online Assessment for Acute Stress Disorder

The acute stress disorder assessment includes a consultation with a doctor on the symptoms and health history. A healthcare provider will rule out other psychiatric disorders and compare your symptoms, their number, and severity with those mentioned in the DSM-5.

In some cases, the patients are asked to respond to the DSM-4-based Acute Stress Disorder Scale (ASDS).
Assessments for ASD focus on examining the following symptoms:

  • Intrusion symptoms: recurrent thoughts and dreams about the event, flashbacks, and distress from the events similar to the traumatic one.
  • Negative mood: inability to feel happy and loved.
  • Dissociative symptoms: feeling detached from emotions and one’s self, dissociative amnesia.
  • Avoidance symptoms: avoidance of not just reminders of the traumatic event but also -thoughts about it.
  • Arousal symptoms: insomnia, alertness, rage, distractibility.

Take an ASD assessment online and know the results in a few minutes.

According to DSM-5, the five groups of acute stress disorder symptoms include intrusion symptoms, negative mood, dissociative symptoms, avoidance, and hyperarousal.

Even though ASD and PTSD have similar symptoms, causes, and treatment approaches, they differ in the symptoms onset and duration. ASD occurs within a maximum of four weeks after the traumatic experience. PTSD, on the other hand, can develop during three months or even longer after a traumatic event, and the symptoms must be present for more than a month.

Paranoid delusions are a symptom of psychosis, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia as they are characterized as implausible. However, there are cases when reasonable delusions or hallucinations, e.g. associated with trauma, are a symptom of stress or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Yes, according to DSM-5, dissociative symptoms are present in acute stress disorder. These include a feeling of being detached from the emotions or one’s self and dissociative amnesia.

Usually, ASD assessment for adults takes up to 30 minutes to be diagnosed. The duration of the consultation may be longer if the doctor will conduct additional exams for anxiety or depression and determine a detailed treatment plan. However, if the patient cannot describe the symptoms or describe the specifics of the health history precisely, an additional visit may be needed.

At MEDvidi, you can consult with a doctor on acute stress disorder symptoms paying from $150 for the initial appointment. The follow-up sessions cost $99 each.

Treatment Plan for Acute Stress Disorder

The acute stress disorder treatment plan includes interventions aimed at:
  • Alleviating the existing symptoms
  • Preventing the development of post-traumatic stress disorder
What can be included in the treatment plan:
Therapy

Psychotherapy is the first-line treatment for acute stress disorder. The most commonly chosen options include trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-TF) and exposure therapy.

Medications

Pharmacological treatment may be chosen for acute stress disorder to ease pain, insomnia, agitation, anxiety, or rage. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are chosen most often, while other options include other types of antidepressants and benzodiazepines.

MEDvidi doctors will offer you a personalized ASD treatment plan based on your symptoms, health history, the type of traumatic event you experienced, and your individual needs and requirements for medical care.

Therapy for Acute Stress Disorder

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for ASD is known to be an integrative approach. It covers the patient’s education on possible symptoms, coping techniques, and available treatment methods. It also includes cognitive restructuring and exposure, which help to develop a healthier emotional response to the reminders of the traumatic experience.

Exposure Therapy

Exposure therapy for acute stress disorder mostly helps to overcome avoiding behavior. However, it aids in eliminating other types of ASD symptoms too. With the help of a therapist, the patient faces the memories and senses of the traumatic event in a safe environment and learns and implements new thinking and behavioral patterns.

There are different ASD therapy activities, and we will choose those that will work for you.

Pharmacological Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder

To reduce some of the acute stress disorder symptoms, medications can be prescribed. These include:

  • Antidepressants: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (sertraline, fluoxetine, paroxetine), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (venlafaxine), and other types.
  • Beta-blockers (propranolol).
  • Corticosteroids (hydrocortisone).
  • Anticonvulsants (lamotrigine, topiramate, tiagabine).
  • Second-generation antipsychotics (quetiapine, risperidone)
  • Morphine for initial pain management.
  • Suvorexant for insomnia.
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Useful Materials

Acute stress disorder requires professional attention so it will not develop into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

However, it never hurts to be informed about treatment options and self-help techniques too. Explore our blog to know more about acute stress disorder, how to overcome it, and how to support a person experiencing it.

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