Inspirational Quotes

"I have learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

--Maya Angelou

"Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and be vibrantly alive in repose."

--Gandhi

Adjustment Disorders

An adjusment disorder is the occurrence of mental or behavioral symptoms in reaction to an identifiable stressor happening within 3 months of the beginning of the stressor.

Adjustment Disorder

These symptoms or behaviors are clinically substantial as confirmed by either of the following:

  • Noticeable distress that is in excess of what would be predicted from contact with the stressor.

  • Major impairment in social or work-related functioning.

  • The stress-related disruption does not match the criteria for another condition and is not just an exacerbation of an preexisting disorder.

  • The symptoms do not represent Bereavement.

  • As soon as the stressor has ended, the symptoms do not continue for more than an extra 6 months.

Adjustment disorders are organized in several subtypes based on the predominant symptoms.

  • With Depressed Mood: when the prevalent symptoms such as depressed feelings, tearfulness, or thoughts of hopelessness.

  • With Anxiety: when the predominant symptoms are anxiety, worry, or jitteriness, or, in youngsters, worries of separating from major attachment figures.

  • With Mixed Anxiety and Depressed Mood: when the main symptoms are a combination of depression and anxiety.

  • With Disturbance of Conduct: when the main symptom is a disruption in conduct in which there is abuse of the rights of others.

  • With Mixed Disturbance of Emotions and Conduct: when the predominant symptoms are both emotional (e.g., anxiety, depression) with a disturbance of conduct.


Diagnostic criteria summarized from:

American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.



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