Compare the similarities and differences between acute stress disorder (ASD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also, what are two potential PTSD symptoms that could develop for a military health service worker and finally, two intervention techniques recommended to prevent PTSD.
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) can be defined as "a mental disorder that can occur in the first month following a trauma" (United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013, para 1). It is often a precursor to the more chronic condition of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of ASD do overlap with PTSD however, ASD is more acute, or short term in nature. In addition to those symptoms that are shared with PTSD, ASD is likely to involve symptoms such as:
-Feelings of not knowing where one is
-Feelings of being outside one's body
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be defined as "a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma" (Wikipedia, 2013, para 1). A PTSD diagnosis cannot be given until the symptoms have lasted for at least one month and usually persist for around three months (United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 2013). The symptoms of PTSD are similar to those of ASD however, PTSD general symptoms include: (Mayo Clinic, 2013)
The simliarities and differences of Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are explored as well as two potential PTSD symptoms that could develop for a military health service worker. Finally, two intervention techniques recommended to prevent PTSD. Over 540 words, 4 references.