Adjustment Disorder

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Adjustment Disorder is a type of stress-related mental illness.  It is a short-term condition that occurs when a person has great struggle coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress.  Some sources include marriage, divorce, starting school or staring a new job.  You may feel anxious or depressed and normal daily routines may feel overwhelming.  In essence, you have a hard time adjusting to change in your life, and it has serious consequences.

Behavioral Symptoms

  • Frequent crying jags
  • Fighting with other people
  • Being unusually argumentative
  • Ignoring bills and other financial obligations
  • Avoiding friends, family, and loved ones
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Being late to work or school frequently
  • Excessive absenteeism
  • Vandalizing and destroying property

Psycho-Social Symptoms

  • Sadness
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Feeling isolated, apart from others
  • Hopelessness
  • Inability to feel joy or pleasure
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Feeling “on-edge”
  • Feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Self-harm
  • Thoughts of suicide

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow."

-MARY ANNE RADMACHER

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