What is the clinical course for an adjustment disorder. What are the general treatment considerations?

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In order to be diagnosed with an adjustment disorder one's symptoms must have both been triggered by a stressful event taking place in the patient's life, and act as an interruption to the ability to function on a daily basis as a result of the presented symptoms.

An adjustment disorder can take the form of depression, anxiety, both depression and anxiety, maladaptive behaviour, or emotional disturbance with maladaptive behaviour. The specific difficulties and emotional disturbances that the patient presents with must be taken into consideration when choosing a course of treatment. Psychotherapy is predominately the treatment of choice, and medications are sometimes used in conjunction of the patient's symptoms are significantly unmanageable.