This category applies to presentations in which symptoms characteristic of a trauma- and stressor-related disorder that cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning predominate but do not meet the full criteria for any of the disorders in the trauma- and stressor-related disorders diagnostic class. The other specified trauma- and stressor-related category is used in situations in which the clinician chooses to communicate the specific reason that the presentation does not meet the criteria for any specific trauma- and stressor-related disorder. This is done by recording "other specified trauma- and stressor-related disorder" followed by the specific reason (e.g., "persistent complex bereavement disorder").
Examples of presentations that can be specified using the "other specified" designation include the following:
Adjustment-like disorders with delayed onset of symptoms that occur more than 3 months after the stressor
Adjustment-like disorders with prolonged duration of more than 6 months without prolonged duration of stressor
This disorder is characterized by severe and persistent grief and mourning reactions.