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Adjustment Disorder Overview

What is adjustment disorder?
A person with adjustment disorder has a temporary, abnormal emotional reaction to a stressful event.

What are the symptoms of adjustment disorder?
Common symptoms of an adjustment disorder include anger, anxiety, crying, depression, and fear.

How does the doctor treat adjustment disorder?
Adjustment disorder usually resolves over 1 to 2 months, without treatment. Severe adjustment disorder may require mental health counseling and treatment for depression.

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Last Updated: Oct 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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