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Acute Stress

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Children with ADHD and anxiety appear to experience more emotional dysregulation than their peers. While they experience the same emotions as individuals their age, they experience them much more frequently and intensely. They may be more likely to get stuck and caught up in their emotion due to difficulties with executive functioning skills and seeing the bigger picture.



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Everyone experiences stress at times. Sometimes, this stress interferes with our quality of life. A Serin Center specialist will be able to help you identify and process your stress so that you can move forward in your day to day life.

Some individuals are exposed to or witness death or a life-threatening experience and may experience more severe symptoms of stress such as recurrent memories, troubling dreams, dissociation, atypical negative mood, depressed mood, lack of appetite, or intense distress.

Individuals who fall into this category may be experiencing acute stress disorder- an intense reaction lasting up to one month following a traumatic event. Acute stress disorder may manifest itself in a variety of ways differing between individuals.

In order for a diagnosis of acute stress disorder to be warranted, the individual MUST have experienced a traumatic event. Some examples of such may be:

  • The death of a loved one
  • A near-death experience
  • Witnessing someone else’s near death experience
  • Combat
  • Natural disaster
  • Divorce
  • Parental abandonment
  • Abuse
  • Prison stay

Adults with acute stress disorder may have difficulty with work responsibilities, relationships, time management, emotional regulation, and personal responsibilities. A person with acute stress may find themselves hypervigilant or “on edge” as well as having sleep and eating disturbances.

Children with acute stress may have emotional outbursts, behavioral issues, trouble focusing at school, and detached relationships to peers or overly attached relationships to caregivers. If gone untreated, acute stress disorder may lead to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder.

EMDR Therapy is an effective modality for treating trauma.

What We Don’t Treat

We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.