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Stress response syndromes ( Adjustment Disorder) : Introduction , Symptoms , Causes , Risk Factors , Prevention


Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions. You experience more stress than would normally be expected in response to a stressful or unexpected event, and therefore the 
stress causes significant problems in your relationships, at work or at school.

Work problems, departure 
to high school , an illness, death of an in depth loved one or any number of life changes can cause stress. Most of the time, people suits such changes within a couple of months. But if you've got an adjustment disorder, you still have emotional or behavioral reactions which will contribute to feeling anxious or depressed.

You don't have to tough it out on your own, though. Treatment are often brief and it's likely to assist you regain your emotional footing.



Signs and symptoms depend upon 
the sort of adjustment disorder and may vary from person to person. You experience more stress than would normally be expected in response to a stressful event, and therefore the stress causes significant problems in your life.

Adjustment disorders affect how you are feeling 
and believe yourself and therefore the world and should also affect your actions or behavior. Some examples include:


Ø  Feeling sad, hopeless or not enjoying things you used to enjoy

Ø  Frequent crying

Ø  Worrying or feeling anxious, nervous, jittery or stressed out

Ø  Trouble sleeping

Ø  Lack of appetite

Ø  Difficulty concentrating

Ø  Feeling overwhelmed

Ø  Difficulty functioning in daily activities

Ø  Withdrawing from social supports

Ø  Avoiding important things such as going to work or paying bills

Ø  Suicidal thoughts or behavior

Symptoms of an adjustment disorder start within three months of a stressful event and last not 
than 6 months after the top of the stressful event. However, persistent or chronic adjustment disorders can continue for quite 6 months, especially if the stressor is ongoing, like unemployment.


When to see a doctor

Usually stressors are temporary, and we learn to cope with them over time. Symptoms of adjustment disorder recover 
because the strain has eased. But sometimes the stressful event remains a part of your life. Or a replacement stressful situation comes up, and you face an equivalent emotional struggles everywhere again.

Talk to your doctor if you still 
struggle or if you're having trouble getting through every day . You can get treatment to assist you cope better with stressful events and feel better about life again.

If you've got 
concerns about your child's adjustment or behavior, talk together with your child's pediatrician.


Risk factors

Some things may cause you to 
more likely to possess an adjustment disorder.


Stressful events

Stressful life events — both positive and negative — may put you in danger 
of developing an adjustment disorder. For example:


Ø  Divorce or marital problems

Ø  Relationship or interpersonal problems

Ø  Changes in situation, such as retirement, having a baby or going away to school

Ø  Adverse situations, such as losing a job, loss of a loved one or having financial issues

Ø  Problems in school or at work

Ø  Life-threatening experiences, such as physical assault, combat or natural disaster

Ø  Ongoing stressors, such as having a medical illness or living in a crime-ridden neighborhood


Your life experiences

Life experiences can impact how you deal with 
stress. For example, your risk of developing an adjustment disorder could also be increased if you:


Ø  Experienced significant stress in childhood

Ø  Have other mental health problems

Ø  Have a number of difficult life circumstances happening at the same time



If adjustment disorders don't 
resolve, they will eventually cause more serious psychological state problems like anxiety disorders, depression or drug abuse.



There are not any 
guaranteed ways to stop adjustment disorders. But developing healthy coping skills and learning to be resilient may assist you during times of high stress.

If you know that a stressful situation is coming up — such as a move or retirement — call on your inner strength, increase your healthy habits and rally your social supports in advance. Remind yourself that this is usually time-limited and that you can get through it. Also consider checking in together with your 
doctor or psychological state professional to review healthy ways to manage your stress.



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