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TRANSIENT SITUATIONAL DISTURBANCE Pre 1968 (DSM II) definition Medicalisation of distress in a litigious climate.

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1 TRANSIENT SITUATIONAL DISTURBANCE Pre 1968 (DSM II) definition Medicalisation of distress in a litigious climate

2 A CONCEPTUAL MODEL Stressor Application of existing coping repertoire Crisis Adaptation / increased resilience Ineffective / inadequate response Adjustment Disorder Mediating factors

3 CONTENTIOUS ISSUES ‘Normal’ vs ‘abnormal’ reactions Resilience vs ‘eggshell’ Veracity of the account and fabricating symptoms for secondary gain

4 BORDER DISPUTES Normal adaptive reaction Overlap with other disorders

5 USEFULNESS? The ‘wastebasket’ diagnosis Can assist in determining which disorders require further treatment


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