Talk:Acute stress reaction

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Physical symptoms?[edit]

I was thinking should this article involve the phyisical reactions common to ASR? Such as fast, weak heartbeat, shallow breathing, difficulty in moving involving overly stiff or overly limp muscles, fixed pupils (irises won't contract or dilate) of course this is when it gets at it's worst. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:51, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

Diagnostic Guidelines[edit]

The Dx Guidelines section needs a citation and some more rigor. I suggest a synopsis of the DSM-IV-TR and/or ICD Dx criteria... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jdcounselling (talkcontribs) 14:06, 3 April 2009 (UTC)

Redirect to fight-or-flight[edit]

I have redirected this to the fight or flight page because this was identical to the previous version of that page, which i overhauled to its benift. Thanks. Irayna 12:18, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Two types of shock[edit]

The common term "shock" to the best of my knowledge refers to this condition, which I mentioned here (see also the top section of Talk:Shock (medical)). I added that and acute stress disorder (a term that's more common on google, but doesn't have an ICD code - is it the official term somewhere, IE the American term, an obsolete name, a variant disorder with a different definition, or simply a layman term?), as alternate names. If anyone with more knowledge on the subject can clarify and add citations, please do. 20:22, 11 August 2007 (UTC)

'Shock' versus 'acute stress reaction'[edit]

I'm not convinced about the move of this article from acute stress reaction to 'shock' as I believe that the internationally recognised ICD10 classification has it as the former. OwainDavies (about)(talk) edited at 07:03, 2 September 2008 (UTC)

Okay. I don't object to leaving it at acute stress reaction. —Lowellian (reply) 21:45, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Out of line with the rest of the article?[edit]

This line "When you get in shock, you probably just need to sit down and relax." seems not only badly written but not really in line with the rest of the article. Delete? (talk) 14:02, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

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After reading this article and realising how little I have understood, i believe that the article should be re-written so that it can be read by a much wider audience than the medical experts and psychologists it is directed to at the moment, please could something be done to address this matter. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:34, 16 May 2010 (UTC)

The section "diagnosis" is a rant and definitely has to be rewritten. It is not to the point and very confusing. Nhose711 (talk) 04:23, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Other related conditions?[edit]

I was wondering if anyone knew of any related condition to ASR that would not involve a known traumatic event. If so, a link in the See Also section would be in order. --Joe Sewell (talk) 20:26, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Empress Elisabeth image and text[edit]

I don't understand at all the relevance of the text: "After being attacked and stabbed, Austrian empress Elisabeth of Bavaria boarded a ship, unaware of the severity of her condition as a consequence of an acute stress reaction. Bleeding to death from a puncture wound to the heart, Elisabeth's last words were, "What happened to me?" If she died from a wound in her heart, what does that have to do with a stress reaction? I'll remove the image, but please feel free to revert if I am wrong.--Sasper (talk) 01:31, 27 August 2012 (UTC)


Is each fact referenced with an appropriate, reliable reference?

-There are only 8 references but all of them are peer-reviewed or books published by reputable publishers. The lead is completely unsupported by references, so the definition of ASR needs some support. -The first sentence under “Causes” is an unsupported fact. -the complete middle portion of “Causes” consists of unsupported facts, i.e. no citations - (Thase & Howland, 1995) should be a footnoted reference - (VanPutte Regan Russo 2014) should be a footnoted reference only and not in parenthesis in the text, also it seems like the whole paragraph on “Subsets” was copied from the referenced textbook - “If symptoms last for more than a month, then the patient might be instead diagnosed with PTSD.” Unclear where this information comes from Nhose711 (talk) 22:38, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Reference 5 is a link to a website that is not a reliable source, it has advertisements all over the place. It has to be deleted and an appropriate replacement has to be found. Nhose711 (talk) 04:15, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Planned new References that will be added (Tentative Bibliography):

Li, Y., et al. (2017). "Long-Term Effects of Acute Stress on the Prefrontal-Limbic System in the Healthy Adult." PLoS One 12(1).

Milenkovic, T. and A. Jovanovic (2016). "The Impact of Emotional Characteristics in the Chronicity of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder." Psychiatria Danubina 28(2): 164-169.

Peterlik, Daniel, Peter J. Flor, and Nicole Uschold-Schmidt. “The Emerging Role of Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors in the Pathophysiology of Chronic Stress-Related Disorders.” Current Neuropharmacology 14.5 (2016): 514–539. 

Shin, Hyoseung et al. “Acute Stress-Induced Changes in Follicular Dermal Papilla Cells and Mobilization of Mast Cells: Implications for Hair Growth.” Annals of Dermatology 28.5 (2016): 600–606.

Srivastava, Shruti, Manjeet Singh Bhatia, and Priyanka Gautam. “Disseminated Neurocysticercosis Presenting as Acute Stress Reaction.” Industrial Psychiatry Journal 25.1 (2016): 110–112. Nhose711 (talk) 04:54, 15 February 2017 (UTC)


The last sentence is not grammatically correct and has to be rewritten for clarity. Nhose711 (talk) 04:18, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Also, the heading "subsets" is not appropriate, i.e., it does not fit. This section describes the autonomic nervous system and its role in ASR, but the section should be titled "physiological mechanism" instead. Nhose711 (talk) 04:21, 15 February 2017 (UTC)


The phrase "Mindfulness based stress reduction programs also appear to be effective for stress management." is supported by a reference, but it is unclear whether mindfulness has specifically shown to help with ASR. The phrase "Medication can be used for a short duration (up to four weeks)." needs a citation, if none can be found, it has to be deleted. Nhose711 (talk) 04:28, 15 February 2017 (UTC)


The phrase ""Acute stress response" was first described by Walter Cannon in the 1920s as a theory that animals react to threats with a general discharge of the sympathetic nervous system. The response was later recognized as the first stage of a general adaptation syndrome that regulates stress responses among vertebrates and other organisms" might be better located under the "background" subsection. Lkazmierczak1 (talk) 07:55, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

[(User:Nhose711|Nhose711]) this article is very nicely written, as well as shaped and structured in a way thats easy to follow and make sense. The writing is also neutral which is good. A possible recommendations would be to add maybe a small section talking about acute stress reaction compared to different ages, maybe looking for sources out there that talk about how the brain and memory can be affected by different ages? Other than that potential information, the article is very well made. Nice Job. [(User:Vengeous34|Vengeous34])