Adjustment disorder is a psychological response to an identifiable stressor. The condition is marked by emotional or behavioral symptoms that develop within 3 months of exposure, and do not last more than 6 months. Adjustment disorder is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means that they are not diagnosed if the patient meets the criteria for any other psychiatric disorder or if their symptoms are better explained by substance use or withdrawal. The 1st line of treatment is psychotherapy Psychotherapy Psychotherapy is interpersonal treatment based on the understanding of psychological principles and mechanisms of mental disease. The treatment approach is often individualized, depending on the psychiatric condition(s) or circumstance. Psychotherapy.
Last updated: Jul 10, 2023
Adjustment disorder is a psychological and physical response (feeling sad, stressed, or hopeless, and certain physical symptoms) to an identifiable stressor (death of a loved one, divorce, life changes, illness, family problems, school problems, or sexual issues).
Adjustment disorder is difficult to diagnose as it shares symptoms with other mental disorders.
History and physical exam elicit the following criteria:
Adjustment disorder cannot be diagnosed if symptoms:
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