Psychiatry Fast Five Quiz: What Do You Know About Adjustment Disorder?

Stephen Soreff, MD


December 16, 2016

Adjustment disorder is widespread. In outpatient treatment settings, it's the principal diagnosis in 5%-20% of patients; in hospital psychiatric consultation services, adjustment disorder is often the most common diagnosis, with frequencies as high as 50%. Although the disorder is short-lived, it can cause affected individuals great distress and anguish. However, in most cases it does not cause complete impairment of work or social life. Adjustment disorder usually begins within 3 months of the stressful event. Most studies report no significant differences in prevalence among age groups.

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