Diagnostic standards for Adjustment Disorders

These standards are not up-to-date.

Adjustment Disorder chronic: criteria, diagnostics1. Developing of emotional manifestations in reaction to a recognizable stressor happening in three months of the beginning of the stressor.

2. These manifestations are clinically notable as indicated or of the following:

  • conspicuous troubles that is in surplus of what would be supposed from influence to the stressor
  • notable degradation in social or professional (academic) working

3. The pressure-related disturbance isn't just an aggravation of a preexisting Axis I or Axis II disturbance and doesn't fit the standard for another particular Axis I disorder.

4. Bereavement is not represented by the symptoms.


  • Acute. If the disease lasts no more than six months
  • Long-Term (chronic). If the adjustment disorder continues on six months or more

Kinds of Adjustment Disorders

The primary symptoms that are given determine the kind of adjustment disorder:

Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood – first symptoms are melancholy, a sense of despair, including depressed mood, loss of attraction in what you loved, and regular tearfulness.

Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety – the primary symptoms may comprise regular or excessive worry, nervous or feeling on edge, and unease.

Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood – as understood from the name, symptoms of depression and stress are present.

Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Actions – this kind is identified when the main symptoms include acting out behaviours that are inappropriate to age or offend others (for example, getting into scuffles, riot property, or missing school or work).

Unspecified Adjustment Disorder – this kind is identified when there's a clear pressure response, but the symptoms do’t fit the preceding classifications (e.g. societal isolation or somatic disorders).

Analysis of Adjustment Disorders

Adjustment disorders are diagnosed by a mental or medical health worker. There are not any special laboratory tests or other kinds of evaluations. Instead, the analysis is generally made after an exhaustive discussion of the patient and / or (especially with kids) interviewing parents, a partner, or other close relatives or buddies. A physical testing may be managed to rule out.

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms
Signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder. Diagnostics.

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DSM codes

Read more about adjustment disorder codes (DSM). Table of codes here.