What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic PTSD?

 

What is the difference between acute and chronic PTSD?

 

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[Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe] So the difference between acute and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder is the timeline of the symptoms. So when the symptoms occur for less than four weeks but longer than two days, we diagnose that as acute PTSD. When the symptoms last for longer than four weeks, we call that chronic PTSD. And the reason that the difference is there is that after— usually people—the highest number of recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder often happens within the first year.
Posted on BrainLine May 8, 2013.

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