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Adjustment Disorder

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Adjustment disorders are maladaptive reactions to critical, non-traumatic life events. Such life events can be both single events such as a relationship breakup or job loss, as well as chronic severe burdens such as poverty, migration, or a serious physical illness. In the ICD-11, the adjustment disorder is classified in the new chapter of disorders specifically associated with stress and described for the first time as a full-threshold disorder with a symptom profile. The symptoms of ICD-11 adjustment disorder include preoccupations with the stressor and failure to adapt. This conceptual revision improves the ability to differentiate adjustment disorder from other mental disorders and normal stress reactions. Furthermore, adjustment symptoms can be recorded more validly and reliably in structured clinical interviews and questionnaires.

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Bachem, R. (2022). Adjustment Disorder. In: Maercker, A. (eds) Trauma Sequelae. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-64057-9_5

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