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A Guide to Acute Stress Disorder

A Guide to Acute Stress Disorder

Acute stress disorder, commonly known as A.S.D., is a mental health condition one may develop after experiencing a traumatic event. Symptoms of A.S.D. typically last for a couple of months. However, if the symptoms persist beyond this time, the person may have post-traumatic stress disorder or P.T.S.D.

What is A.S.D.?

A.S.D. is a psychological condition that may occur due to a traumatic event. This event may have happened directly to you, such as in a car accident or to a close family member or friend. In a study, 14-33 per cent of the participants who went through severe trauma developed A.S.D.

The symptoms of A.S.D. typically last for a month or less. It is a precursor to P.T.S.D. because symptoms lasting more than a month denote that the person has P.T.S.D. Almost half the people who have A.S.D. also develop P.T.S.D.</