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Runfox Communication Consultants


P.O.Box 1443

Darlinghusrt NSW 1300

Ph 02 9011 7277

Mob 0429 007 059

ABN 92 111 597 598

Why your Claimant does NOT have Adjustment Disorder

In this seminar you will learn how to use the definitions in the DSM (Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) to manage a claim of Adjustment Disorder

. Compensation for disability determines the cultural context in Western democracies.

. The diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder requires: “marked distress that is in excess of what would be expected from exposure to the stressor” (DSM 4TR), taking into account the cultural context.

. The response to a stressor may not satisfy the requirement of being a distress “in excess of what would be expected”.

. Rather, the response may be exactly what would be expected in the cultural setting where the secondary gain is acceptable.

. A diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder can therefore not be sustained in an environment pre-dominated by Compensation.