Adjustment Disorder is defined as an emotional behavioral reaction to an identifiable stressful event or change in a person’s life. The event or change is considered to be maladaptive or somehow not an expected healthy response to the event or change. Symptoms generally lessen as the stress diminishes or as the person adapts to the stress. Approximately 5 percent to 20 percent of the individuals in outpatient mental health treatment have a principal diagnosis of adjustment disorder.
Effective treatments for adjustment disorders include psychotherapy, family therapy, and possible medication if symptoms are severe.