Adjustment Disorder With Anxiety – ICD-10
Adjustment disorder is a group of conditions that occur after a stressful event. The disorder may affect a person’s emotions, behavior, or daily responsibilities. Some of the symptoms include emotional reactions, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of suicide.
Adjustment disorder was first recognized in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in 1978. However, there has been little epidemiological research on this condition. A recent study by Fernandez et al, however, found that adjustment disorder is relatively common in primary care.
According to the ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision), adjustment disorder is defined as a reaction to severe stress. It is part of the Trauma-and stressor-related disorders category, and it includes anxiety.
Generally, people who suffer from this type of disorder are unable to control their emotional response to a traumatic situation. They may feel overwhelmed and overly worried, and skip school or work.
Adjustment disorder is commonly treated with cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of therapy that teaches people how to identify and change areas of vulnerability. Cognitive behavioral therapy also helps a person to prepare for future stressors.
If you are experiencing a combination of anxiety and depression, call 911 or visit a suicidal hotline, such as 988. These services are free and confidential. You can also get counseling online. Online counseling gives you more privacy.
The American Psychiatric Association’s new Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, outlines many of the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Also included in the newest edition is post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a traumatic reaction to an event.