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Acute Stress Disorder E008

Last amended 
29 May 2015
Current RMA Instruments:
Reasonable Hypothesis SOP
41 of 2014
Balance of Probabilities SOP
42 of 2014
Changes from Previous Instruments:

SOP Bulletin 174

ICD Coding:
  • 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 ClaimsNote 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
Unconfirmed diagnosis

If, after applying the above information, you are unable to confirm the diagnosis, you should then seek medical officer advice about further investigation.