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Acute stress reaction

Acute stress disorder (formerly called acute stress reaction, psychological shock, mental shock, or simply shock) is a psychological condition arising in response to a terrifying or traumatic event. It should not be confused with the unrelated circulatory condition of shock, or the concept of shock value.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with acute stress reaction, 77% report having anxiety and nervousness, 47% report having sharp chest pain, and 45% report having headache. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of acute stress reaction are anxiety and nervousness, although you may still have acute stress reaction without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with acute stress reaction often receive mental health counseling, electrocardiogram, psychotherapy, depression screen, blood alcohol, toxicology screen, dental procedures and psychological and psychiatric evaluation and therapy .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with acute stress reaction include eszopiclone (lunesta), buprenorphine / naloxone, cefadroxil, magnesium salicylate / phenyltoloxamine, camphor-phenol topical, mivacurium, dipivefrin ophthalmic, potassium perchlorate, acetaminophen / aspirin / caffeine / salicylamide, l-methylfolate, omalizumab (xolair), naratriptan (amerge) and rofecoxib (vioxx) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for acute stress reaction include . On the other hand, age < 1 years almost never get acute stress reaction.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.4x
5-14 years
0.7x
15-29 years
1.2x
30-44 years
1.5x
45-59 years
1.3x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.3x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.9x
White
1.1x
Other
0.7x
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