Adjustment Disorder? What is that? That’s a mental disorder?
Well yes, it’s an actual disorder.
Adjustment disorder is a variety of conditions that can occur when a person has trouble or difficulty coping with a stressful life event (i.e. death of a loved one, relationship issues, bullying, parents’ divorce, or being fired from a job). When I read that definition for the first time I thought to myself, “Geez, I know so many people, including myself, that seem to have met or currently meet the criteria for this disorder!” A person’s inability to adjust to a stressful event can experience symptoms manifested both psychologically and physically. Also, both adults and children can be affected.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of Adjustment Disorder that I’ve had clients report in my practice, and things that I often recommend to assist with adjustment.
Mental Symptoms of Adjustment – acting rebellious or impulsive, acting anxious, feeling sad, hopeless, or trapped with no way out, crying, withdrawn attitude, lack of concentration, loss of self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, etc.
Physical Symptoms of Adjustment – body pain, indigestion, insomnia, muscle twitches and fatgue
Ways to Prevent Adjustment Disorder – having a Strong Support System, always looking for the Positive in every negative situation, being your Own Cheerleader, Recognizing the things that you have control over, and leaving those things that you don’t at the door. Acknowledging that Life changes.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts and experiences with adjusting to life changes and events, so bless me with your thoughts in the comment section below.