Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder?

Acute Stress Disorder symptoms are similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—however Acute Stress Disorder is shorter term. The symptoms are experienced almost immediately (within four weeks) after the traumatic event, last for at least two (2) days, and terminate within the same four-week period. If the symptoms last for more than one month, the diagnosis is changed from Acute Stress Disorder to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 5

The symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder include: 6

  • Emotional numbness
  • Depression
  • Agitation, anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness or heightened state of physical arousal
  • Intrusive and recurring thoughts, dreams, images, flashbacks, etc.
  • Dazed or reduced awareness of one’s surroundings
  • Feeling of being disconnected with reality or with one’s body or mind
  • Difficulty remembering important aspects of the trauma
  • Avoidance of anything associated with the traumatic event

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