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Is adjustment disorder the same thing as PTSD?

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Stress response syndrome is not the same as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD occurs as a reaction to a life-threatening event that occurs at least 1 month after the event, and its symptoms tend to last longer than in adjustment disorders/stress response syndromes. By comparison, adjustment disorders/stress response syndromes rarely last longer than six months. 

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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