The answer lies in the name itself. “Acute” is short term or not long-lasting. “Stress reactions” are the physical and psychological symptoms. They are the result of the traumatic event. The stressor or traumatic event could be an accident, personal violence or other hurtful events. Other terms for acute stress reaction are acute stress disorder, crisis state.
How are everyday life stressors different from an acute stress reaction?
Experts disagree on what qualifies as a trigger for an Acute Stress Reaction. How stressful does the event need to be? Firstly, the diagnosis came about to help identify and understand people who had psychological symptoms immediately after a trauma. In addition, separate acute reactions to more chronic conditions such as PTSD.
An acute stress reaction follows a notable traumatic event. For instance, natural disaster, sexual assault or physical violence. Whereas everyday life stressors come up due to the cumulative effects of overwork, busy home lives, exams or other chronic issues we face.