Adjustment Disorders consist of emotional and behavioral symptoms resultant from identified stressors.
Individuals that meet criteria for an Adjustment Disorder often experience a level of distress, impairing their performance in a social, occupational, and academic realm. Sufferers experience feelings of hopelessness, low mood, withdrawal, agitation, fear, worry, and changes in conduct.
Typically, symptoms will reduce or eliminate following the termination of the identified stressor. If symptoms do not reduce or eliminate within a specified duration of time, a different diagnosis will be assessed.
Prevalence of Adjustment Disorder
The prevalence of Adjustment Disorder is estimated to be between 2% and 8% in children in adolescents. While more common in disadvantaged circumstances, Adjustment Disorders affect men and women equally.