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Adjustment Disorder E016
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Current RMA Instruments:
|Reasonable Hypothesis SOP||23 of 2016|
|Balance of Probabilities SOP||24 of 2016|
Changes from previous Instruments:
- ICD-9-CM: 309.0,309.1,309.24,309.28,309.3,309.4,309.9
- ICD-10-AM: F43.2
An adjustment disorder is a mental disorder that is a form of stress reaction to a one-off, recurrent, or ongoing stressor. Key features are onset of the condition within 3 months of the onset of the stressor and resolution of the condition within 6 months after the stressor or its consequences have ceased.
Confirming the diagnosis
A report from a specialist psychiatrist that conforms with the Repatriation Commission’s Guidelines for Psychiatric Compensation Claims is required for diagnosis.
Additional diagnoses covered by the SOP
Conditions not covered by the SOP
- Anxiety disorder due to another medical condition*
Depressive disorder due to another medical condition*
* another SOP applies
Clinical onset must be within 3 months after the onset of the relevant stressor.
The only SOP worsening factor is for inability to obtain appropriate clinical anagement. Given the nature of the condition, permanent worseing beyond the normal course is unlikely. Specialist opinion would be required to establish that such worsening had occurred.