Adjustment Disorder

Adjustment disorder (AD) is a psychological response to an identifiable stressor or group of stressors that causes significant emotional or behavioral symptoms that do not meet criteria for anxiety disorder, PTSD, or acute stress disorder. The condition is different from anxiety disorder, which lacks the presence of a stressor, or post-traumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder, which usually are associated with a more intense stressor. Adjustment disorders are classified by their clinical features and may also be acute or chronic, depending on whether it lasts more or less than six months. Diagnosis of adjustment disorder is quite common; there is an estimated incidence of 5-21% among adults and AD affects men and women equally.