Acute Stress Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Anxiety Research, Anxiety Disorder Research, Anxiety Attack Research, Acute Stress Reaction Research, Acute Stress Syndrome Research)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

Acute Stress Disorder Related Research


It has been believed that a diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder is an excellent predictor of the development of the more chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In burn victims, for example, it was found that Acute Stress Disorder symptoms can reliably predict Post Traumatic Stress Disorder up to 24 months later. Other small studies have also supported this notion.

However recent studies tend to refute such claims. Among injured children, Acute Stress Disorder was not found to be clear-cut predictor of PTSD. In a 2008 multisite (ergo larger) study, researchers have found that the majority of people who develop PTSD do not initially meet the criteria for diagnosis of Acute Stress Disorder. 11


While the recent, 2008, multisite study on Acute Stress Disorder headed by Richard Bryant, Ph.D., of the University of New South Wales revealed that it is a poor predictor of PTSD, they have also found that Acute Stress Disorder may be a better predictor of PTSD in persons who suffered from trauma involving physical causes—such as physical or sexual assault, military combat, etc. 12

Could You Have Acute Stress Disorder?

Acute Stress Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Anxiety, Stress, Heart Palpitation, Excessive Worry, Dizziness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Obsession, Compulsion, Anxiety, Irrational and Uncontrollable Thoughts
Panic Disorder – Intense Feeling of Anxiety, Panic Attack, Excessive Fear, Palpitation, Rapid Breathing, Racing Thoughts, Dizziness, Blurred Vision
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – Nightmares, Insomnia, Sexual Abuse, Irritation, Social Impairment, Problems with Memory and Concentration, Intrusive Memories, Hyper-Vigilance