Responses to crises and other trauma-causing events often are normal responses to abnormal situations. When these responses result in difficulty functioning in daily life, helping professionals need to consider if the client needs specialized conceptualization within a diagnostic framework. Some diagnoses that require clinical conceptualization and treatment include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and acute stress disorder. These diagnoses have overlap but also some minor distinctions; it is important to fully assess a client’s situation before determining a diagnostic category so as to better ensure the most appropriate treatment intervention.
Discuss the similarities and differences between PTSD and acute stress disorder. Explain how you would delineate the symptoms and make a decision on which the client has based on this week’s resources.