Following a traumatic event, it’s possible to have physical or mental side effects, some of which can be short-term and others may be longer-lasting. One possible effect of trauma exposure is called acute stress disorder (ASD).

Within a month of a traumatic event, some people may develop symptoms of this disorder. These symptoms are similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Acute stress disorder is typically shorter, with symptoms usually lasting anywhere from three days up to a month.

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