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Adjustment Disorder Symptoms and Diagnostic Information


Adjustment Disorder symptoms and diagnostic information:

Information related to Adjustment Disorder Symptoms related to the associated diagnosis follow below. While some of these Adjustment Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Adjustment Disorder Symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Adjustment Disorder symptoms are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Adjustment Disorders Symptoms


Common Characteristics

All of the disorders in this category relate to a significantly more difficult adjustment to a life situation than would normally be expected considering the circumstances.  While it is common to need months and perhaps even years to feel normal again after the loss of a long time spouse, for instance, when this adjustment causes significant problems for an abnormal length of time, it may be considered an adjustment disorder.   


The disorders in this category can present themselves quite differently.  The key to diagnosing is to look at (1) the issue that is causing the adjustment disorder and (2) the primary symptoms associated with the disorder.


Disorders in this Category

  309.9 Adjustment Disorder Unspecified

  309.24 Adjustment Disorder with Anxiety

  309.0 Adjustment Disorder with Depressed Mood

  309.3 Adjustment Disorder with Disturbance of Conduct

  309.28 Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood

  309.4 Adjustment Disorder with Mixed Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct



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Additional Information and webpage by Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)


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