Stirling Behavioral Health Institute

  Mental Health Services Provider

  6931 Van Nuys Blvd. #102 

  Phone (818) 376-0134 
  Fax (818) 376-1437



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 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One difference, though, is that a PTSD diagnosis cannot be given until symptoms have lasted for one month or more.


A person with ASD may experience difficulty concentrating, feel detached from their bodies, experience the world as unreal or dreamlike, or have increasing difficulty recalling specific details of the traumatic event (dissociative amnesia).


Acute stress disorder is most often diagnosed when an individual has been exposed to a traumatic event in which both of the following were present:

  • The person experienced, witnessed, or was confronted with (e.g., can include learning of) an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others
  • Though not required, the person’s  response is likely to involve intense fear, helplessness, or horror

 

 

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