Adjustment Disorder describes anxious or depressive reactions to life stress that are generally milder than one would see in acute stress disorder or PTSD. Adjustment disorder is the development of anxiety or depression in response to stressful but not traumatic, life events.
1. Interfering with work performance.
2. Interfering with school performance.
3. Affecting interpersonal relationships.
4. Interfering with other area of living.
The stressful events themselves would not be considered traumatic but it is clear that the individual is nevertheless unable to cope with the demands of the situation and some intervention is typically required. If the symptom persists more than six months after the removal of the stress or its consequences, the adjustment disorder would be considered Chronic.
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V. Mark Durand, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA- ST. PETERSBERG
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