Acute stress disorder is a mental state that arises in reaction to a daunting or traumatizing episode and mustn’t be mixed with unlinked circulatory state of shock.

The official diagnosis of acute stress disorder would be resting on the below mentioned symptoms that could be assessed by any psychiatrist & mental health expert.

I. The individual has exposure to a distressing episode wherein both of the just mentioned aspects were existent:

The individual experiencing, witnessing or confronting incident/s which entail real or endangered mortality or grave injuries or threatening physical uprightness of oneself or those around.
The individual’s reaction entailed being fearful, helpless or horrified.
II. Either during or following the experience of a harrowing episode, the person has 3 or more of the below mentioned symptoms of dissociation:

A personal feeling of going numb, detached or lacks emotionally responding to people or situations.
The person has reduced consciousness of his/her surrounding or feeling dazed.
Psychogenic amnesia or incapable of recalling a crucial feature of the traumatizing episode.
III. Re-experiencing the harrowing episode in a minimum of one from the below mentioned manner – recurring representations, thinking, dreaming, delusions, flashback events or a feeling of reviving the experiences or anguish when exposed to aide memoire of the shocking episode.

IV. Distinct deterrence to stimulus which arouses re-calling the traumatic event – like thought process, discussions, activity, individuals.

V. Apparent signs of feeling anxious or augmented stimulation (for instance sleep problems, irritable behaviour, incapable of concentrating, hyper-vigilant, overstressed startling reaction, motor restiveness).

VI. The disorder leads to medically significant agony or impaired (socially, occupationally) or other key facets of operating or impairments in the person’s capability of pursuing some needed duty like getting needed help or mobilization of individual resources by notifying kin members regarding the traumatizing incident.

VII. Disturbances lasting for at least 48 hours & at the max four weeks & occurring within four weeks of the traumatizing episode.

VIII. Disturbances aren’t because of straight physiologic effects of drugs or medications abused or a broad medical situation and isn’t better constituted for by BPD mental condition & isn’t just an aggravation of a pre-existent Axis (I/II) disorder.