Does an adjustment disorder produce depression and mania?

By David Joel Miller.

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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