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How to Cope with Acute Stress and Anxiety in Baton Rouge

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These past few weeks have been plagued with disaster, tragedy, and stress. As the Louisiana community bands together to repair, rebuild, and recover, it is important to recognize any feelings of anxiety or stress that you may be experiencing. You may be struggling with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD).

ASD commonly manifests within one month of exposure to an extremely traumatic event—such as a natural disaster, serious accident, or witnessing death—and is characterized by the development of severe anxiety, detachment, and dissociation.

Watch for the following symptoms:

  • Irritability or angry outbursts
  • Feeling “on-edge” or easily startled
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Withdrawal from social interaction
  • Avoidance of reminders, such as people or places connected to the event
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Feelings of detachment or estrangement

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s okay. Here are a few things you can do right now to cope with the stressors:

Acknowledging stress or anxiety doesn’t have to mean succumbing to it. Proud members of the Baton Rouge community, the licensed psychiatrists and therapists at Psychiatry Associates of Baton Rouge are here to help you cope. Call today to schedule a consultation.


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Topics: Anxiety disorders, Stress