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Normal Adjustment and the Adjustment Disorders (PDQ®)
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Purpose of This PDQ Summary


Normal Adjustment

Psychosocial Distress

The Adjustment Disorders

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Purpose of This PDQ Summary

This PDQ cancer information summary provides comprehensive, peer-reviewed information for health professionals about normal adjustment issues, and the pathophysiology and treatment of psychosocial distress and the adjustment disorders. This summary is reviewed regularly and updated as necessary by the PDQ Supportive and Palliative Care Editorial Board.

Information about the following is included in this summary:

  • Prevalence.
  • Assessment.
  • Treatment.

This summary is intended as a resource to inform and assist clinicians and other health professionals who care for cancer patients during and after cancer treatment. It does not provide formal guidelines or recommendations for making health care decisions. Information in this summary should not be used as a basis for reimbursement determinations.

This summary is also available in a patient version, which is written in less technical language, and in Spanish.

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