Sample Thesis Paper
One form of anxiety disorder is known as Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). Patients are said to be suffering from ASD if they have had some kind of traumatic experience (which could be witnessing someone’s death, suffering from an injury, or any kind of experience during which one’s physical integrity was threatened) following which they exhibit three or more of the following symptoms –
a ‘numbing’ of the senses, emotions and responsiveness, being in a daze or confusion regarding one’s surroundings, derealization, depersonalization and dissociative amnesia (being unable to recall an important part of the traumatic incident). The patient regularly experiences flashbacks, dreams and other forms of mental reminders of the incident, and intentionally avoids any stimuli which may relive memories of the incident. Several of the typical symptoms of stress, such as irritability, difficulty sleeping and exaggerated startle response are seen in the patient. The onset of symptoms lasts from 2 days to 4 weeks, and occurs within 4 weeks of the incident. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is similar to ASD, but is different in that the symptoms last for over four weeks. If the symptoms last for less than 3 months then the condition is acute, otherwise it is chronic. The symptoms can be delayed for as much as 6 months after the traumatic incident.