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What are some risk factors for acute stress disorder?

While acute stress disorder can develop in anyone who has had an extremely stressful experience, other factors heighten the risk, including a mental disorder, lack of supportive friendships, and emotional deprivation during childhood. As with other anxiety disorders, acute stress disorder is closely linked with depression. Unchecked anxiety may develop into depression over time, or the two conditions may evolve side by side. Because of this connection, a person may need to be treated for both problems in order to make improvements.

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