There is hope for those with acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. Treatment plans can help. Here are some options.

There is hope and help for acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.
There is hope and help for acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Acute stress disorder develops up to several weeks following a traumatic event. Post-traumatic stress disorder, on the other hand, is more of a long-term condition, often associated with on-going experiences such as war or sexual abuse.

Each of these disorders should be diagnosed by a doctor, counselor, or psychiatrist. A confirmed diagnosis will be followed with a treatment plan, which will be tailored to a patient’s individual needs.

Assessing Acute Stress and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

The following is a list of considerations when developing a treatment plan.

  • 1. Age
  • 2. Gender
  • 3. Ethnic and Cross-Cultural Factors
  • 4. Medical
  • 5. Other Psychiatric Comorbidity Such as Depression
  • 6. History of Previous Traumas
  • 7. Aggressive Behavior
  • 8. Self-Injury
  • 9. Suicidal Behaviors

Treatment For Acute Stress and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Medication

Treatment for acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder may include the following medications:

  • 1. Antidepressants
  • 2. SSRIs
  • 3. Tryciclic antidepressents
  • 4. MAOIs
  • 5. Benzodiazepines

Therapies

Treatment for acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder may include the following therapies:

  • 1. Psychodynamic therapy
  • 2. Cognitive therapy
  • 3. Behavioral therapy
  • 4. Group therapy
  • 5. Counseling sessions
  • 6. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
Medication is a treatment option for acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Medication is a treatment option for acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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Have you have experienced trauma, either recently or in the past? Do you feel unwell? See a doctor. While a list of treatments may sound confusing or overwhelming, your doctor can develop a plan with your input.

Prescription medications are often used to treat acute stress or post-traumatic stress disorder. If treatment doesn’t seem effective initially, don’t give up! Treatment for trauma is not a Band-Aid and relief may be gradual. If you’re currently experiencing a traumatic event, see a crisis interventionist as soon as possible. The sooner the intervention, the faster you will heal.