Acute Stress Disorder Case Study

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This is a suicide assessment scale, which was designed to assess immediate suicide risk in children and youth. It is an important assessment tool since the client experienced a traumatic event two weeks earlier. 2. The Stanford Acute Stress Reaction Questionnaire (SASRQ) (Cardeña, Koopman, Classen, Waelde, & Spiegel, 2000). This is a 30-item self-report inventory designed to evaluate anxiety and dissociation, and Acute Stress Disorder symptoms after traumatic events. 3. The Acute Stress Disorder Interview (ASDI) (Bryant, Harvey, Dang, & Sackville, 1998). This 19-item interview can be completed between five to ten minutes and should be administered by a trained therapist. The ASDI includes five dissociative symptoms that are specific to Acute…show more content…
According to Bryant (2006), this type of therapeutic intervention encompasses psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, anxiety management, imaginal and in vivo exposure, as well as relapse prevention. The client will receive education about stressful reactions to trauma and treatment options, which will help normalize the client’s stress response and enhance the expectancy of recovery. By implementing cognitive restructuring, the clinician will address unrealistic and maladaptive perceptions the client might have about the traumatic event and his fears of potential harm in the future. It will be useful to provide anxiety management strategies to the client in the therapy sessions because they can provide him with a degree of control over his distress and with a sense of relief. The techniques used for anxiety management include muscle relaxation and breathing retraining. Finally, by using exposure therapy, the clinician will confront his feared memories in a therapeutic way, this way the client will experience them safely until the client does not feel strong negative emotions. The client will also spend 30 minutes in the session providing a narrative of his traumatic experience, which constitutes the imaginal exposure technique. This will help the client understand…show more content…
This is a type of focused meditation that will help the client experience inner quietness. It will also help him reduce stress hormones by activating the parasympathetic nervous system (Bergland, 2016). According to a research study developed to find the benefits of Hypnosis and CBT when treating Acute Stress Disorder, it was found that hypnosis may be useful in facilitating the treatment effects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for clients who experience posttraumatic stress. Thus, combining CBT with hypnosis can help the client reduce reexperiencing symptoms (Bryant, Moulds, Guthrie, & Nixon, 2005). Therefore, the client will be encouraged to join hypnotherapy sessions. Prognosis The prognosis for the client is good. In the majority of the cases, the prognosis for Acute Stress Disorder is good because the symptoms can be managed in a short period of time. However, there are factors that will contribute to this prognosis, such as social and family support, client’s motivation and commitment to the therapeutic process, and practice of meditation and
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