Adjustment Disorder Basics

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Adjustment Disorder: Diagnosis

To be diagnosed with adjustment disorder a child will have experienced a stressful event that leaves him abnormally upset and unable to cope. His distress must be more severe than would normally be expected from such an event, and cause significant impairment in academic or social activities. If these symptoms have lasted more than six months after the stressful event, however, it would not be considered adjustment disorder.