What does Adjustment Disorder look like?

So, what does Adjustment Disorder look like?

When we consider that Adjustment Disorder is fundamentally a stress response, it makes sense that the symptoms associated will cover a wide range.

These include:

  • Feelings of sadness and hopelessness
  • Anxiety and tearfulness
  • Constant headaches (or stomach aches)
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Palpitations
  • Changes in appetite
  • Destructive or dangerous behaviour
  • Sleep irregularities
  • Substance abuse as a way to try and cope

People struggling with this disorder will often have increased absenteeism from work or school, as well as the eventual break down of interpersonal relationships as they continue to withdraw and isolate themselves from the rest of the world. An increase in erratic, aggressive behaviour when forced to face people and the outside world doesn’t help either.

Reaching Out

This disorder is very common, and can affect anyone no matter their age, race, or gender. However, the onset of Adjustment Disorder generally correlates with phases in life where major transitions are likely to occur. For example, adolescence, as well as mid- and late-life. It’s during these times that an individual is most vulnerable in terms of psychological and emotional wellbeing, therefore needing the most support.

At ZwavelStream Clinic we have many skilled professionals who are able to offer the guidance and support needed for anyone going through major life changes. We offer healthy ways of developing coping strategies that will help navigate those changes without negatively affecting your quality of life.