Adjustment Disorders

Here are some common symptoms associated with adjustment disorders:

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Feeling Sad or Hopeless: Individuals may experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, or a lack of enjoyment in activities they used to find pleasurable.
  • Frequent Crying: Emotional distress may lead to frequent episodes of crying.
  • Anxiety and Nervousness: Feelings of anxiety, nervousness, jitteriness, or being overwhelmed.
  • Irritability: A sense of being unable to handle daily tasks and feeling overwhelmed.
  • Sleep Disturbances: Trouble sleeping, which can exacerbate emotional distress.
  • Changes in Appetite: Loss of appetite or not eating enough.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Problems focusing on tasks or daily activities.
  • Withdrawal from Social Support: Avoiding interactions with family and friends who provide social support.
  • Suicidal Thoughts: In severe cases, thoughts of suicide or acting on those thoughts.

Duration and Timing:

  • Symptoms typically start within three months of a stressful event.
  • Adjustment disorder symptoms last no longer than six months after the end of the stressful event.
  • However, if the stressor persists (such as ongoing unemployment), adjustment disorders can continue for more than six months.