Adjustment disorders affect how a person feels and thinks about themselves and the world. They also impact the person’s behavior or actions. Adjustment disorder is an umbrella term for conditions caused by stress or trauma. Many individuals suffer from adjustment disorder as a result of a sudden change in their lives. It’s important to be educated on the various adjustment disorder types and symptoms to spread awareness and be there for someone who’s diagnosed.
An adjustment disorder is an emotional or behavioral reaction to a stressful event or a major change in a person’s life. These disorders are considered to be unhealthy and even excessive reactions to an event or change within three months of it happening. Although adjustment disorders can occur in adults, they are most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents.
Stressful events and changes in your life or the life of a loved one can lead to adjustment disorder. Common adjustment disorder causes include:
Most of the time, people adjust to these new changes. But people with adjustment disorders may continue to experience emotional or behavioral reactions that can contribute to conditions like depression and anxiety.
The following includes adjustment disorder types and their symptoms:
As shown in the DSM-5, adjustment disorder symptoms vary depending on the subtype the person has and simply from person to person.1 The most common sign that someone has an adjustment disorder is that they experience more stress than would normally be expected in response to a stressful event. This stress will also impact the person’s life significantly.
With that said, adjustment disorders impact the way a person feels and behaves. Some common adjustment disorder symptoms and signs include:
Signs of adjustment disorder usually begin within three months of a stressful event and rarely last longer than 6 months after it ends. However, persistent or chronic adjustment disorder can continue longer than 6 months, especially if the stressor is ongoing, such as unemployment or chronic illness. The good news is that professional mental health treatment can help prevent the worsening of an adjustment disorder and help the individual recover quicker from their symptoms.
If you or a loved one is showing signs of adjustment disorder, don’t wait until things get worse to reach out for help. Our Boca behavioral health facility offers disorder-specific programs, such as depression and anxiety treatment, to aid in our patients’ long-term recovery.
With the daily guidance of our therapists and counselors, clients can learn how to manage their symptoms in a healthy manner and create a sustainable and enjoyable lifestyle.
For more information about our Boca Raton depression treatment or other mental health services, call Banyan Treatment Centers today at 888-280-4763.
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