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Adjustment disorder? - August 2nd 2012, 08:04 AM

I was at my therapist today and she mentioned something about adjustment disorder and I was a bit confused but if I wait a week to ask her, I'll end up forgetting.

She said that for insurance purposes they gave me the diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder with some anxiety and depressive thoughts or something like that, which is pretty much one of the lightest diagnoses they can give. Can someone please explain Adjustment Disorder to me, because I'm still a bit confused as to what it is.

Since this diagnosis was given for insurance purposes and it wasn't psychiatrist evaluated, but my therapist put it there and she's at least trained in it, can I even consider it a "real" diagnosis? And is it recurring, like can it go away and then come back?

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Re: Adjustment disorder? - August 2nd 2012, 03:37 PM

Hi Dez.

I haven't done a lot on this disorder but it came up in my class once so I'll tell you what I think I know.

The disorder is not based on a particular emotion or thought. Its basically where you may have been through a traumatic experience such as a family death, rape, abuse, a young carer etc that has caused unpleasant and negative feelings and thoughts for you and you haven't or have found it hard to adjust to want has happened. It might be that you personally have gone through a traumatic experience and aren't coping with it as well as what a 'normal' person would do.

That's all I know. I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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Re: Adjustment disorder? - August 2nd 2012, 04:36 PM

Hi Dez,

theoretically, Jessie is right, that's more or less "adjustment disorder", but I think your therapist really wrote that down to write something. My psychiatrist also did, and it is for the same reason, just to have some kind of diagnose to put on the medical history... so I wouldn't really give it more importance
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Re: Adjustment disorder? - August 2nd 2012, 07:29 PM

Hey Dez, adjustment disorder was put in the DSM (the giant book of psychological disorders) as a loophole so that insurance can be billed for treatment when a client doesn't fit the criteria for a specific disorder, but still needs therapy. Your therapist is making sure that your insuance will cover you even though you don't have a diagnosable disorder by other definitions. If she doesn't diagnose you with something insurance doesn't have to, and a lot of times won't cover therapy. Relative to the other disorders I don't really consider it one.

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Re: Adjustment disorder? - August 2nd 2012, 11:03 PM

Thanks very much, lovelies.

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