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There are good reasons to believe that modern urban life contributes to more stressful living environments. Yet there is a world of difference between the levels of stress most people can handle and the acute stress disorder that mental health specialists need to treat. Sometimes a sudden catastrophe, for example, the death of a dear one, triggers this illness. Personality and emotional vulnerability help determine which individuals develop acute stress disorder and its severity. Symptoms might not appear until a month has passed from the trigger event. Fortunately, this disorder usually does not continue beyond a month, and sometimes it only lasts a couple of days. Counseling and psychotherapy aid recovery.

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1. Difficulty Getting to Sleep

Worries over an important business meeting, a flight to catch or some family argument are a few typical insomnia causes. If you recently experienced a traumatic event, the emotional impact also often disturbs sleep. Maybe you play over the event in your mind and ask yourself if it could have turned out differently if you had acted in this way or that way. These feelings are perfectly natural, but you cannot continue to function if you are efficiently deprived of sleep night after night. Lack of rest invariably exacerbates acute stress disorder since it drains the body of the physical energies that help it to cope with life’s challenges. It also weakens the immune system, and this brings new health issues in its wake.

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