Upon researching the topic for this week, I found Acute Stress Disorders to be really interesting. The article that I found relates acute stress disorders to a sudden unexpected car crash. Acute stress disorder is defined by a response to a life-threatening event (ex- car accident). When an individual who has been exposed to a traumatic event develops anxiety symptoms, re-experiencing of the event, and avoidance of related stimuli lasting less than four weeks they may develop acute stress disorder. The disorder can have an impact on your physical health and also your mental health. This is a serious disorder, and if not treated properly, it can turn into other disorders such as frequent Panic Attacks/ Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The article states "Most Americans will be involved in a traffic accident at some point in their lives, and 25% of the population will be involved in accidents resulting in serious injuries. The National Comorbidity Survey of 1995 found that 9% of survivors of serious motor vehicle accidents developed ASD or PTSD." If you are not sure if you have Acute Stress Disorder, some common symptoms are flashbacks to the incident, unable to sleep, depression, anxiety, daydreaming, and being overly emotional. If you are suffering from Acute Stress Disorder, getting treatment is very important. Treatment can be provided by physical and psychotherapy. It only makes sense that one would suffer from Acute Stress Disorder after a life threatening incident- one’s life was in serous danger and it is only normal to be shaken up for a bit. When I was younger, I myself was in a car accident. I remember being so scared to get back in a car because of the incident, but I eventually got over my fear by accepting the fact that it happened. Acute Stress Disorder symptoms may occur and are more commonly seen in association with an interpersonal stressors such as childhood sexual or physical abuse, domestic violence, impaired affect, self-destructive and impulsive behavior.