Adjustment Disorders

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

An adjustment disorder is an emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event or change in a person’s life. The reaction is considered an unhealthy or excessive response to the event or change within three months of it happening.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W002
Diagnosis: Adjustment Disorder
US Patients:
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: 1M-2W;B=G
Age Onset: 3MoAftStress
Brain Area: 
Symptoms: depressed mood, anxiety,25%sattempts
Progression: Relatively good, may last 6 months or 25% go to PTSD or Major Depressive Disorder
Therapies: family support & encouragement

Local free support groups, if available, or medically-sponsoring organizations:

SAMSHA National Helpline

1-800-662-4357 (US Govt-Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Hotline)

Patients with 40 of the Wikipedia Diagnoses may qualify at a
 Social Security office or by phone at 1-800-772-1213 after the agency’s thorough review.

Resources for Physicians, Counselors and Researchers

Cross-References with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)

114 diagnoses from Wikipedia are also listed in the DSM-5. Each item’s first page in the DSM-5 is provided.



The world-wide medical research
reports chosen for each diagnosis 

Clicking each title opens the
PubMed article’s summary-abstract.