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Adjustment disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry 

Adjustment disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry
Adjustment disorders in child and adolescent psychiatry

Aisling Mulligan

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date: 01 December 2021

The clinical description of adjustment disorder (AD) in children and young people is the same as in adults. However, the stressors or triggers to AD in childhood and adolescence may differ from those in adult life. Up to 30% of those presenting to acute psychiatric services for adolescents can be considered to have an AD. The diagnosis of AD is associated with an increased risk of suicide and of suicidal ideation in young people. While most young people recover from AD, the long-term prognosis of AD is different in young people than in adults—young people with AD have a higher risk of developing ongoing psychiatric illness than adults with AD.

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