Introduced in 1994 as a new diagnoses in the DSM-IV, Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) is caused by exposure to severe trauma, which is defined as a stressor that causes intense fear and, usually, involves threats to life or serious injury to oneself or others. The symptoms of ASD include a combination of one or more dissociative and anxiety symptoms with the avoidance of reminders of the traumatic event. The disorder is transient, and often a precursor to PTSD. Information on Acute Stress Reaction may also be found here.

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Acute Stress Disorder
Factsheet from the National Center for PTSD providing general information, as well as the connection between ASD and PTSD. Includes references.
Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms
Descriptions used by professionals. Also includes information on symptoms and the role of diagnostic criteria.
Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Scale
List to quantify stress in your life, and chances of illness thereby.
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