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Cuadernos de Medicina Forense

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CALZADA REYES, A.; OLIVEROS DELGADO, Y.C.  e  ACOSTA IMAS, Y.. Acute stress disorder: Case report. Cuad. med. forense [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.1, pp.27-31. ISSN 1988-611X.

Acute stress disorder may be the secondary to a serious injury or a threat to physical integrity. Given this situation, the individual responds with a series of cognitive, behavioral, emotional and physical reactions all orchestrated by a governing body: the brain. A case of a patient with acute stress disorder, which appears after being attacked in her job place, is presented. A 55-year old woman, with antecedents of adequate job performance, begins to show behavioral changes evidenced by irritability, fear, anxiety, nervousness and jumpiness after the traumatic event. She does not want to go alone into the street, explains malaise when remembering the traumatic event and loss of emotional and labour stability. At the time when the assessment is made, the patient was being treated with antidepressants and anxiolytics. It is recommended to integrate electrophysiological, psychophysiological and methods of clinometric evaluation as complements for the diagnosis of this entity.

Palavras-chave : Acute stress; Sympathetic answer of the skin; EEG.

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