Acute Stress Disorder

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

Acute stress disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis that may occur in patients within four weeks of a traumatic event. Features include anxiety, intense fear or helplessness, dissociative symptoms, reexperiencing the event, and avoidance behaviors.


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Diagnosis: Acute Distress Disorder: Wiki-“Distressed Personality Type
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Symptoms: Suppressing emotional feelings of anger and sorrow even when apporpriate;
Progression: By anticipating negative events, they become more tense and inhibited around others.
Medications: Both for stress and heart may help.

YouTube Video – What Is Acute Stress Disorder?

Amazon or Library Book: Master Stress Management

Click the book to link and order from Amazon.

Support Group:; 800-950-6264

(National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Contact your local Social Security office for possible Disability Benefits through their Disability Determination Services, Section 12.05

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers


The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

Clicking each title opens the
PubMed article’s summary-abstract.