Adjustment Disorders are a group of symptoms, such as stress, feeling sad, and physical symptoms that can occurs after you go though a stressful life event.
The symptoms occur because you are having a difficult time coping, and the reaction is stronger or greater that would be expected for the type of event that occurred.
Many different events may trigger symptoms of an as adjustment disorder. Whatever the trigger is , the event may become overwhelming. Stressors include: death of a loved one; divorce or problems with a relationship; life changes; illness or other health issues in yourself or a loved one; moving to a different home or location; unexpected catastrophes; worries about money.
Triggers of stress in teenagers and young adults include: family problems or conflict; school problems; and possibly sexuality issues.
Symptoms include: acting defiant or showing impulsive behavior; acting nervous or tense, crying, feeling sad; feeling hopeless; withdrawing from other people and possibly physical complaints.
To have an adjustment disorder you must have the following; symptoms: after a stressor,which most often last three months;;the symptoms are more severe than expected; there do not appear to be any other disorders involved’; the symptoms are not part of normal grieving for the death of a love one.
The main goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and help you return to a similar level of functioning as before the stressful even occurred. Most mental health professional recommend some type of talk therapy. This type of therapy can help you identify or change your responses in the stresses in your life. Medications can be used in conjunction with talk therapy if necessary.
With the right type of help and support, you should likely get better quickly. The problem is usually does not last longer than six months, unless the stressor continues to be present.