Signs & Symptoms
Symptoms fall into five general categories – intrusion, negative mood, dissociation, avoidance, arousal – and include:
- feeling numb, detached, or being emotionally unresponsive
- reduced awareness of surroundings
- derealization: your environment seeming strange or unreal
- feeling disconnected from your own thoughts or emotions
- dissociative amnesia
Acute stress disorder can be effectively treated with a combination of psychotherapy, psychiatric interventions and integrative services. Therapeutic modalities including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have a very high success rate in the treatment of acute stress disorder, while a number of medications have proven to be useful in alleviating symptoms. Through True Life’s neurobiological approach to healing, patients with acute stress disorder can learn to move their body from “fight or flight” mode to safety and calm. Patients with acute stress disorder learn to mitigate trauma’s impact on the mind and body, and develop strategies for sustainable health practices.