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Is adjustment disorder with depression a disability?

Is adjustment disorder with depression a disability?

No: Adjustment disorders are temporary psychological conditions usually brought on by stressors which seem to have greater impact on functional domains such as social, interpersonal, occupational. Symptoms often subside within six months and are not believed to be longterm or disabling. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Is an adjustment disorder with depressed mood considered a medical disability?

Not likely: I agree with my colleague that "disablity" depends on what the condition does in the person's life. Adjustment disorders come in response to a stressor, and usually last no longer than 6 months (unless a very chronic, ongoing stressor). With help, the person is usually able to deal with the stressor so that it no longer dominates life -- and life can move on, along with fruitful occupation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between depression vs adjustment disorder?

What's the difference between depression vs adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder: Adjustment disorder is a temporary problem related to some stressor. It can have symptoms of anxiety and depression which can be severe at times but short lived and resolves with counseling. Major depression by definition lasts over two weeks of moderate to severe symptoms and often needs for intensive treatement. ...Read more

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Can situational depression/ adjustment disorder turn into clinical depression if its not treated? Just asking for curiosity.

Can situational depression/ adjustment disorder turn into clinical depression if its not treated? Just asking for curiosity.

Depression: Depression of any sort be it through chemical imbalance, or environmental stress can worsen when not properly addressed, or treated. Get yourself evaluated for depression, see if medication is warranted, and find a reputable psychotherapist to help figure out what depression means to you. ...Read more

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Former military. Diagnosed with anxiety and depression after 1 visit. No symptoms now. May have been acute adjustment disorder? Options with my record

This can be: Addressed with that branch of the service's board of corrections. But be prepared with written submission about why the original assessment was not accurate. ...Read more

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What does an adjustment disorder depressed mood 309.0 mean?

What does an adjustment disorder depressed mood 309.0 mean?

Low mood has a cause: Adjustment disorders refer to reactions people have when something is happening in their life--usually bad, but not always, e.g., a job loss or failed relationship or hassles at work. Whatever the cause, reactions may vary from depression to anxiety to inappropriate behaviors. The expectation is that the person eventually will get through the "adjustment"; but, sometimes, it is chronic. ...Read more

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I have a major anxiety and depression disorder, I'm trying to get SSI because I'm struggling I can not work. Any advice? They say it's not a disability

I have a major anxiety and depression disorder, I'm trying to get SSI because I'm struggling I can not work. Any advice? They say it's not a disability

Social worker: Speak to your doctor's office social worker and usually they can help you to get started. A medical professional will evaluate you once they receive your application. ...Read more

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What is adjustment disorder with mixed emotions and conduct?

Low mood has a cause: Adjustment disorders refer to reactions people have when something is happening in their life--usually bad, but not always, e.g., a job loss or failed relationship or hassles at work. Whatever the cause, reactions may vary from depression to anxiety to inappropriate behaviors. The expectation is that the person eventually will get through the "adjustment"; but, sometimes, it is chronic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: adjustment disorder?

What is the definition or description of: adjustment disorder?

Adjustment DO: Inability to adjust to, or cope with, a specific stressor such as major life event. It resolves when stressor is worked through & the person is able to adapt. Symptoms can include mild depression, anxiety, and interference with daily functioning. ...Read more

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What can cause adjustment disorder in veterans?

Stress: Veterans have the same reasons for adjustment disorder as do civilians, an attempt to deal with stressful situations. The specifics of the situation are always unique. ...Read more

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What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

What are the factors that complicate a diagnosis of anxiety versus an adjustment disorder?

No complication: An adjustment d/o can take shape of an anxiety d/o, . Under the umbrella of anxiety d/o's falls panic d/o, generalized anxiety d/o, social anxiety d/o, ocd, ptsd, phobias such as of heights, tunnels, or blood, adjustment disorder with anxious mood, anxiety resulting from abuse, and /or withdrawal from alcohol and drugs, and anxiety resulting from physical conditions such as hyperthyroidism. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder: That depends upon the primary ways it manifests, but time is sometimes the best treatment. Essentially, this disorder means something "rocked" your world, and you have not had time to cope or adjust to it. Medications may be helpful to negotiate the process, and therapy is certainly helpful, but many of my patients with this just need me to support them and keep my hands of the prescription pad. ...Read more

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How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

How does anxiety disorder differ from adjustment disorder?

Situation: Although they can overlap, anxiety disorders are thought to arise mostly from the person's temperament, whereas adjustment disorders are, by definition, associated with some sort of outside condition that is "causing" the problem. ...Read more

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Will adjustment disorder need treatment, or will it go away on its own?

Maybe: Sometimes adjustment disorders go into remission and sometimes they need professional help. There is no way to predict this. ...Read more

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Adjustment disorder please help!? What are the symptoms and treatment options?

More info?: Adjustment disorder means that whatever symptoms you are having are the result of your reaction to some incident, change, or situation. At some point if the symptoms do not resolve the diagnosis will change to reflect a difficulty more inherent to you. This also means that specifically working on improving your coping strategies, attitude, understanding and " adjustment" to "it"should help. ...Read more

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Why is it difficult differentiate between an adjustment disorder and an anxiety disorder?

Why is it difficult differentiate between an adjustment disorder and an anxiety disorder?

Stressors: With adjustment disorder there is a stressor to you which is causing the depression and/or anxiety symptoms. When the stressor is removed, the symptoms resolve. With an anxiety disorder a stressor does not need to be present to cause the symptoms. ...Read more

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What to do if my therapists said I have an adjustment disorder. I never heard of adjustment disorder before. What is adjustment disorder?

Adjustment disorder?: An adjustment disorder occurs when unable to adjust to or cope with a particular stressor, like a major life event. Among the psychological diagnoses, it's like a "sniffle", rather than psychosis, which might be like "pneumonia." simple relaxation exercises, stress management, and supportive therapy help a lot. Don't let the diagnosis cause more anxiety than what you are already dealing with! ...Read more

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Can you have any anxiety attacks in adjustment disorder?

Yes: Adjustment disorder can include problems with anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. It is possible to have panic attacks in response to a specific circumstance, and then have the panic attacks subside with time. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about adjustment disorder?

Adjustment Disorder: The dsm-5 (diagnostic manual), says that adjustment disorders occur within 3 months (not longer than 6 mons after the stressor ends) of the stressor; these symptoms (e.g., sadness, anxiety, behavior problems) must cause distress that is more intense than usual (not culturally or out of context); cause significant impairment in social/work/other functioning; ; basically is not due to normal grief. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have adjustment disorder?

Adjustment DO: Inability to adjust to, or cope with a particular stressor, such as a major life event. It is usually caused by outside stressor, & resolves when the person is able to adapt to the situation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for adjustment disorder?

What are the tests for adjustment disorder?

Clnical Evaluation: As with most psychiatric illnesses, diagnosis is made by completing a through clinical evaluation including history of presenting symptoms (hopefully from the patient), past medical, psychiatric, and psychosocial histories. Information from family and friends can also be useful when available. The examiner must determine if criteria based upon the dsm-iv-tr are met before assigning a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an adjustment disorder?

Reaction to problems: Adjustment disorder refers to problems with mood, behavior, or both, that arise directly because of an identifiable situation. For example, a child might abruptly become sad, withdrawn, and oppositional upon hearing that her parents are getting a divorce. Although it can be chronic, it usually has a clear beginning and may resolve if conditions change. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for people with adjustment disorder?

What's the prognosis for people with adjustment disorder?

Favorable Prognosis: An adjustment disorder is diagnosed when an individual is unable to cope with a stressful life event. The response to the stressful event is greater than one would expect. Examples would be divorce, relationship problems, change in jobs, moving to a different home, and financial worries. Talk therapy is usually recommended. Most patients get better within 6 months. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting back in the army with a waiver for adjustment disorder?

Should be OK: Adjustment disorders are, by definition fairly benign, and should not be a major impediment to being allowed to serve. ...Read more

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Is there help for a veteran with adjustment disorder?

Is there help for a veteran with adjustment disorder?

Yes- CBT/mindfulness: Depending on where you are in the process - are you out, or in process of getting out? You have options. The MEB or MTF hands you off to the VA, where a nurse coordinator will get you connected to the right providers. If you've been out for a while, call your nearest VAMC for assistance. Http://www. Paloalto. Va.gov/services/women/index. Asp Thank you for your service. ...Read more

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What are the symptomsof adjustment disorder in veterans?

Symptoms: When considering whether one has an adjustment disorder, the important distinction is if responses make life difficult and affect day-to-day functioning. Some symptoms include:
Sadness
Anxiety/nervousness
Trouble sleeping
Difficulty concentrating
Reckless behavior
Withdrawal or isolation from people and social activities
Feeling trapped and/without hope that the situation will improve ...Read more

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Psych diagnosed me with adjustment disorder, how to treat?

Psych diagnosed me with adjustment disorder, how to treat?

Cognitive therapy: An adjustment disorder is a an intense reaction to a life situation or event, a reaction that significantly interferes with well being and day to day functioning. It is temporary. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is helpful along with accepting the support of friends and family. As with any emotional concern, keeping a stable day to day sleep cycle, exercise, and a healthy diet are important ...Read more

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Suffering from adjustment disorder after divorce. Can you help me?

See a therapist: Adjustment disorder cannot be adequately treated over the internet. Seeing a good psychotherapist or marriage and family therapist or psychologist will help you to work out your issues in a healthy and safe environment. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between adjustment disorder and normal bereavement?

Impairment: Bereavement is a natural consequence of loss; it allows us to mourn that which we have lost and readjust our world view. Although it makes us sad and may disrupt sleep and concentration for a time, it has a pretty predictable course. Adjustment disorder is a reaction to some sort of situation that causes disturbances in mood and/or behavioral that causes problems for the person and others. ...Read more

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With medication and counseling is it possible to improve 100% from adjustment disorder?

Should go away: Adjustment disorder is a term used to describe problems someone is having dealing with a specific situation. Quite commonly, as conditions change, the child's reaction does too. Treatment certainly may speed the process, but the natural course should be improvement over time, especially if the stressor is dealt with. ...Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton
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Adjustment Disorder (Definition)

Inability to adjust to, or cope with, a specific stressor such as major life event. It resolves when stressor is worked through & the person is able to adapt. Symptoms can include mild depression, anxiety, and ...Read more


Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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Disabilities (Definition)

Disabilities is a term that describes a mental or physical condition that limits one's abilities to carry out the ...Read more