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Dr. Emma Rishton
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Adjustment Disorder (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Emma Rishton
77 doctors shared insights

Adjustment Disorder (Overview)

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.


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What sort of problem is an adjustment disorder?

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 For example, a child might abruptly become sad, withdrawn, and oppositional upon hearing that her parents are getting a divorce.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 are the most common symptoms of adjustment disorder?

Anxiety, depression: There are different types of adjustment disorders based on what mood and behavior there is for a given person. Besides anxiety and depressed mood, there is disturbance of conduct. ...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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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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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 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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