Adjustment Disorders Are Uniquely Suited for eHealth Interventions: Concept and Case Study

Maercker, Andreas; Bachem, Rahel C.; Lorenz, Louisa; Moser, Christian Thomas; Berger, Thomas (2015). Adjustment Disorders Are Uniquely Suited for eHealth Interventions: Concept and Case Study. JMIR Mental Health, 2(2), e15. JMIR Publications 10.2196/mental.4157

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Background: Adjustment disorders (also known as mental distress in response to a stressor) are among the most frequently diagnosed mental disorders in psychiatry and clinical psychology worldwide. They are also commonly diagnosed in clients engaging in deliberate self-harm and in those consulting general practitioners. However, their reputation in research-oriented mental health remains weak since they are largely underresearched. This may change when the International Statistical Classification of Diseases-11 (ICD-11) by the World Health Organization is introduced, including a new conceptualization of adjustment disorders as a stress-response disorder with positively defined core symptoms.

Objective: This paper provides an overview of evidence-based interventions for adjustment disorders.

Methods: We reviewed the new ICD-11 concept of adjustment disorder and discuss the the rationale and case study of an unguided self-help protocol for burglary victims with adjustment disorder, and its possible implementation as an eHealth intervention.

Results: Overall, the treatment with the self-help manual reduced symptoms of adjustment disorder, namely preoccupation and failure to adapt, as well as symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.

Conclusions: E-mental health options are considered uniquely suited for offering early intervention after the experiences of stressful life events that potentially trigger adjustment disorders.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Moser, Christian Thomas, Berger, Thomas (B)


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology




JMIR Publications




Adriana Biaggi

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02 May 2016 16:50

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29 Mar 2023 23:34

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