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A 30-year-old man comes to see you with his wife. His wife complains that he has been very low since the loss of his job a month ago and is becoming increasingly irritable.

A Adjustment disorder takes place within three months of the stressor taking place. In this case the stressor is a job problem and usually when the stressor terminates the symptoms of this disorder do not last longer than six months. There has been much criticism regarding this disorder due to this ambiguous nature. Nonetheless it still remains a condition sometimes diagnosed in psychiatry.