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What is adjustment disorder?

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Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition that happens when a person has a very hard time dealing with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event.

In 2013, the name was changed to "stress response syndrome." Sometimes, it's informally called "situational depression." While some symptoms are similar to clinical depression, stress response syndrome doesn't involve as many of the physical and emotional symptoms or their severity.

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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