Understanding Trauma Disorders
Trauma disorders, including acute stress disorder (ASD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), typically result from witnessing or experiencing an extremely distressing or catastrophic event, or series of events. The trauma often involves the threat of death or serious injury, such as combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or a sexual assault.
The signs and symptoms of ASD and PTSD are similar. Early recognition and treatment of ASD could help reduce the possibility of ASD developing into PTSD.