By David Joel Miller MS Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
Morning Question #11 adjustment disorder, depression, and mania.
Adjustment Disorder is essentially an excessive reaction to a normal stressor. The DSM-4 currently lists 6 types of adjustment disorders. They all involve some combination of anxiety, depressed mood or behavioral problems.
Once the reaction to the stressor becomes enough to cause symptoms of a Major Depressive Disorder that is what gets diagnosed. If there is any mania or hypomania, that would become a Bipolar Disorder.
Stress can trigger all sorts of mental health issues. Someone with a history of depression or mania or an underlying risk factor like family history could have an episode under stress.
So rather than adjustment disorder producing depression & mania, stress could cause any one of the three.
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