Adjustment Disorder is a state firmly tied to acute and chronic adjustment disorder stress.
Despite clinical suggestion of a substantial prevalence in the general population and the high frequency of its diagnosis in the clinical settings, there's been relatively little research reported and, hence, not many hints about its treatments.
Adjustment disorder entered the DSM-II nomenclature in 1968 and was comprehended in ICD 9 in 1978.
Before then the term ‘ephemeral situational disturbance’ was applied to such states.
The addition of adjustment disorder with mixed emotions conduct disorder to the ICD classification was in response to the confusion created by the older notions of endogenous and reactive depression.
Both DSM-IV (American Psychiatric Association, 1994) and ICD-10 (World Health Organization, 1992) retain the category of adjustment disorder, which has utility as a clinical concept.
However, it has been eclipsed by the focus on mood disorder among research and policy-makers.
A result of this is the risk of exaggerating the need for occasionally unpredictable and expensive mental health interventions in those whose difficulties are likely to resolve spontaneously.