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