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Acute Stress Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Acute Stress Disorder Treatments are Available?

Treatment for Acute Stress Disorder should begin immediately after the traumatic event, in the form of preventative intervention strategies. An example is the CISD or “Critical Incident Stress Debriefing” developed by Jeffrey Mitchell (for groups of people who have experienced the same stress and trauma). The aim of intervention strategies is to prevent the onset of further symptoms. 8 It is also aimed at reducing stress and depression as well as anxiety attacks.

The treatment should promote accessing and processing the trauma, the expression of feelings, control of memories, reduction of cognitive distortions and self-blame, and the restoration of self-concept and the previous level of functioning. 9

Among the recommended treatments for Acute Stress Disorder are:

  • Cognitive-behavioral intervention or therapy
  • Cognitive-processing therapy
  • Anxiety management training
  • Stress inoculation training
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Affirmation and expressive therapies (involving art and movement). Group therapy is also recommended. 10

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