Trauma and Stressor Disorders

These mental health conditions are triggered by exposure to traumatic or stressful events and are characterized by:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): develops after experiencing trauma and is characterized by intrusive memories, flashbacks, nightmares, and hypervigilance, resulting in avoiding reminders of the trauma

Acute Stress Disorder (ASD): similar to PTSD but occurs within one month of exposure to a traumatic event with symptoms including dissociation, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, avoidance, anxiety and arousal

Adjustment Disorders: emotional or behavioral symptoms that develop in response to an identified stressor (i.e., divorce, job loss, relocation) and result in impaired functioning and loss of sense of wellbeing

Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD): typically in adolescents who have experienced neglect, abuse, or other trauma in early childhood with symptoms ranging from forming and maintaining healthy attachments to other people, withdrawal from social interactions, avoidance of comforting behaviors, and developmental delays