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How do you diagnose an adjustment disorder?

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Your doctor may do a physical exam and ask questions about your medical and mental health history. No imaging or lab tests specifically diagnose stress response syndrome, but blood tests or imaging studies like CT or MRI scans can help rule out other causes such as head trauma or an illness. Your doctor will also look for other mental illnesses, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, major depression, or an anxiety disorder.

Your doctor will base their diagnosis on how you describe the intensity and duration of your symptoms, including how they affect your daily life.

SOURCE: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, American Psychiatric Association.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCE: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, American Psychiatric Association.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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