The mental health community reported a rise in stress disorder cases long before Donald Trump was elected 45th president of these United States of America.
Doctors saw a spike in stress-related phone calls the morning after Trump was elected.
There are different levels of stress disorders ranging from mild anxiety, Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by a shocking or traumatic event, such as a death in the family.
Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) is usually a short-term response to a perceived threat or a shocking traumatic event.
Stress disorders can disrupt your life and make it difficult to concentrate or complete tasks at work.
Many people suffering from election anxiety are experiencing a mild form of ASD.
Black people, illegal immigrants, and the gays feel especially threatened by Trump’s election.
Symptoms of Acute Stress Disorder (that lasts for several days) Include:
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, call a mental health hotline to find a doctor in your are who can evaluate you for ASD or PTSD.
Short-term counseling or psychotherapy may be necessary to help you see that the threat is not real.
Treatment also includes relaxation therapy or cognitive therapy.
You may need short term medication, such as anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds, to relieve your symptoms.
ASD usually resolves in a timely manner (usually a week to 4 weeks).
If your symptoms persist for more than a month, you may be diagnosed with PTSD.
Approximately 50% of PTSD cases are resolved within six months.
This has been your Medical Minute.
More Info On the Web
Acute Stress Disorder – HealthLine.com
Acute Stress Disorder Symptoms – PsychCentral
Fight Election Stress Disorder – LA Times
Acute Stress Disorder – National Center for PTSD
Acute Stress Reaction – Wikipedia
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