Adjustment Disorder Warning Signs: What To Look Out For

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A short term condition arising due to difficulty in managing the stressful life changes such as coping with work-related problems, loss of loved ones, or relationship issues that leads to significant impairment in functioning.


If you’re experiencing new, severe, or persistent symptoms, contact a health care provider.

The symptoms depend on the type of stress and may vary from person to person. The most common symptoms may include:

    • Anxiety
    • Withdrawing from the social environment
    • Depressed mood
    • Feeling of hopelessness
    • Insomnia
    • Headaches
    • Anger and disruptive behavior
    • Loss of appetite
    • Suicidal thoughts



Any significant change in life, causing stress followed by difficulty coping with the pressure can result in adjustment disorder.

Genetics and environmental issues may also contribute to increasing the risk.

The causes can include events such as:

  • Death of a loved one
  • Separation from spouse or parents
  • Illness
  • Job loss

In adolescents, stressors include:

  • Problems in school
  • Relationship issues

The factors that can increase the risk of a person developing Adjustment Disorder are:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • History of traumatic events
  • Presence of stressful life circumstances
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