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Acute Stress Disorder E008
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Current RMA Instruments:
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||41 of 2014|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||42 of 2014|
Changes from Previous Instruments:
- ICD-9-CM Codes: 308
- ICD-10-AM Codes: F43.0, F43.8, F43.9
This is a psychiatric disorder resulting as a specific reaction from exposure to a stressor. It is part of the family of conditions which includes post traumatic stress disorder.
Is specific diagnostic evidence required to apply the SOP? – Yes.
This diagnosis is made by a qualified psychiatrist in accordance with the DSM-5 criteria and the Repatriation Commission Guidelines for Psychiatric Compensation Claims. Note also that this diagnosis can only apply until a maximum of 8 weeks after the relevant traumatic event. Acute stress disorder is a direct response to a stressor, so a stressor said to cause the condition must be the same as the one that gives rise to the diagnosis.
Are there sub-factors that require specific information? – No.
Additional diagnoses covered by SOP
- Acute stress disorder diagnosed under DSM-IV-TR criteria
Conditions excluded from SOP
- Adjustment disorder with anxious mood
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then seek medical officer advice about further investigation.