Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder
Psychotherapy or medicine may be used to treat ASD, depending on the severity of the symptoms. Psychotherapy aims to address the early symptoms of low intensity, however, medication may be required to treat the more severe symptoms.
One of the most popular psychotherapies for patients with acute stress responses is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It is used when the life of the traumatized person begins to feel more stable, and the person is no longer exposed to the traumatic occurrence. Patients learn how to manage the aftereffects of the traumatic incident and how to avoid the triggers with CBT. Prolonged exposure (PE) and cognitive processing treatment (CPT) are other effective psychotherapy modalities.
Medications are not the first-line treatment for ASD and they are only used with psychotherapy in severe cases. Typical medications used to treat acute stress disorder are the following:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Anyone who has experienced trauma struggles to recover. These immediate reactions to distressing events can grow into an acute stress disorder. It, in turn, may lead to issues with friends, at work, and at home and develop into post-traumatic stress disorder if not addressed in a timely manner. However, there are many ASD treatment options that aim to reduce acute stress reaction symptoms and stop them from turning into PTSD. Consider seeing a doctor and getting the right care at Mango Clinic if your stress is persistent or excessive.