Acute Stress Reaction
Acute stress reaction (also called acute stress disorder or shock) is a psychological condition that develops in response to a traumatic event. Witnessing the event may cause an individual to experience extreme fear, stress, and pain. Acute stress disorder is a type of post-traumatic stress disorder. Acute stress reaction can manifest itself with a wide variety of symptoms; typically, the condition begins with a dazed state, some limits on consciousness, an inability to understand, and respond to stimuli.
Shortly after the initial trauma, the initial state will transition to either further withdrawal from surroundings or a move to agitation, hyperactivity, anxiety, confusion, depression, and detachment. Displaying signs of panic (flushing, sweating, and/or a racing heart beat) is also typical of individuals experiencing an acute stress reaction. Symptoms of an acute stress reaction usually disappear in two to three days. If they persist for longer, and last up to but not longer than four weeks, a person is suffering from an acute stress disorder. Symptoms that last longer than a month are probably indicative of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Contact Our Injury Firm As Soon As Possible Acute stress reaction may resolve on its own, but evidence does suggest that cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective in preventing the development of PTSD. If you or a loved one has suffered from an acute stress reaction or disorder as a result of a trauma caused by others, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Houston injury attorney from Arnold & Itkin today so that we may provide you with a free consultation regarding your case.