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Whats the difference between depression vs adjustment disorder?

Whats 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

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 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

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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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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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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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What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

What's the difference between dysthimia disorder and major depression?

Dysthymia is mild : To meet the criteria for major depression , one has to have five depressive symptoms for two weeks, dysthymia , is a chronic mild depressive symptoms. Dysthymia can progress to become mdd/o. ...Read more

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What is the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?

What is the difference between bipolar disorder and depression?

Periods of mania: In addition to episodes of depression bipolar pts have episodes of hyperactivity impulsiveness irritability suspended judgement hyper sexuality euphoria etc this is important because bipolar pts do better on mood stabilizers and antidepressants may push them into a manic episode. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between bipolar disorder and bipolar depression?

One pole: Bipolar disorder refers to an illness with both depressions and manias which occur over time, so bipolar depression refers to one pole of bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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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