Adjustment Disorder

1.  Behavioral or emotional symptoms must develop in response to an identifiable event(s) and occur within three months of the onset of that event(s) / stressor(s).

2.  These behaviors or symptoms must be clinically significant as evidenced by at least one of the following:

A. After exposure to the event(s) / stressor(s), the behavioral or emotional symptoms seem in excess of what would be normally expected.
B.  Significant social, functioning, or occupational impairment..

3.  The disturbance does not meet the criteria for another specific Axis I disorder or is not part of a preexisting Axis I or Axis II disorder.

4.  The behavioral or emotional symptoms do not represent Bereavement.

5.  Once the event(s) / stressor(s)  has terminated, the symptoms do not last more than an additional six months.

Acute:  Last less than six months.

Chronic:  Last for six months or longer. By definition the disturbance can not last longer then six months. Only use the chronic specifier if the disturbance is in response to a chronic event(s) / stressor(s).

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