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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is an anxiety disorder in which fear and related symptoms are experienced soon after a traumatic event and last less than a month.  posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder in which fear and related symptoms continue to be experienced long after a traumatic event (Comer, 2010, p. 157).


PTSD vs. ASD

Acute stress disorder (ASD) occurs within four weeks after exposure to traumatic stress and is characterized by dissociative symptoms, reexperiencing of the event, avoidance of reminders of the trauma, and marked anxiety or arousal. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) also is defined by symptoms of reexperiencing, avoidance, and arousal, but the symptoms either are longer lasting or have a delayed onset.

References

Comer, R. J. (2010). Abnormal psychology (8th ed.). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

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