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Overview of Trauma- and Stress-Related Disorders

By

John W. Barnhill

, MD, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Last full review/revision Apr 2020
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Acute stress disorder typically begins immediately after the event and lasts from 3 days to 1 month.

Posttraumatic stress disorder lasts for more than 1 month. It may develop as a continuation of acute stress disorder or develop separately up to 6 months after the event.

Although depression Depression A short discussion of prolonged grief disorder. Depression is a feeling of sadness and/or a decreased interest or pleasure in activities that becomes a disorder when it is intense enough to... read more and anxiety Overview of Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, worry, or unease that is a normal human experience. It is also present in a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder,... read more are often prominent, people with trauma-related disorders often have a wide variety of symptoms that may not obviously seem related to the traumatic event. For example, people may act aggressively, be unable to experience pleasure, and/or feel restless, discontented, angry, numb, or disconnected from themselves and others.

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