Adjustment Disorder (AD) and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are both caused by stressors and are mainly characterized by out of proportion distress. Individuals with these disorders suffer from impairment in various areas of their life due to a previous traumatic event. Regarding their general distinctions, AD is given as a diagnosis if the symptoms are in response to coping with a certain life change or event and if the maladaptive behavior manifested within three months of the onset of the stressor and that the disturbance should not last for more than six months. On the other hand, PTSD diagnosis specifies that the duration of the disturbance should be more than one month, and they may manifest 6 months after the life-threatening event.
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