Author(s): Andreasen NC, Hoenk PR, Andreasen NC, Hoenk PR
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Abstract A previous investigation explored the diagnosis of adjustment disorder and found it to have descriptive and face validity. This study of the status at 5-year follow-up of 100 patients given this diagnosis strongly supports the validity of the category among adults but only partially among adolescents. Seventy-nine percent of the adults were well at follow-up, with 8\% having had an intervening problem. Comparable figures for the adolescents were 57\% and 13\%. Most adults who were ill developed either major depression or alcoholism. The adolescents' illnesses included schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, major depression, bipolar disorder, antisocial personality, alcoholism, and drug use disorder. Chronicity and behavioral symptoms were the strongest predictors of poor outcome.
This article was published in Am J Psychiatry
and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry