Generally, people can be able to adjust to life changes in a short span of time. Though some people find it hard to cope with such changes. An adjustment disorder is any type of stress-related mental disability. A person may feel depressed, anxious or worse contemplate committing suicide.
A person with adjustment disorder may find his daily patterns of activities overwhelming and has a tendency to make careless decisions. The bottom line is, the person is having a hard time adjusting to changes in his life and it poses a severe consequence.
Small problems like transferring to a different school, a disease, work-related problems, or any stressful event in a person’s life seem to be an enormous problem to hurdle through and weights you down is a general symptom of the problem. Symptoms though may be different from person to person and can be in any form from the list below:
Emotional signs and symptoms of adjustment disorder may influence how you feel and think about yourself. These can be accompanied by some of the following symptoms:
- Lack of enjoyment and satisfaction
- Crying spells
- Difficulty sleeping
- Concentration problems
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Thoughts of suicide
A person who is suffering from adjustment disorder may experience some if not all of the symptoms listed. If you have most of the signs listed above, it is best to seek advice.
Emotion and behavior are directly correlated to each other. As your emotions are disturbed, your actions correspond to how you feel as a way of dealing with your emotions. Some common signs and behavioral symptoms of adjustment disorder may be:
- Avoiding and warding off family and friends
- Neglecting bills
- A tendency to be defensive
- Poor performance at work or school
- Skipping school
- Reckless driving
- A reckless attitude
Duration of symptoms
The length of these symptoms can also vary from person to person.
Acute Adjustment Disorder – Symptoms that last for 6 months or less. In most cases, symptoms would calm down once stressors are cut out. A brief professional treatment would help to ease and remove symptoms.
Chronic Adjustment Disorder – This is when symptoms last more than 6 months. In such cases, symptoms continuously become bothersome and prevent you from living a normal life. A professional treatment would aid to improve and prohibit the condition from getting worse.
Getting professional help
Most of the times, we are able to pull through with the stressful changes in our lives and the symptoms of adjustment disorder gets better because the stress is lessened. Sometimes they persistently remain, or new life changing stressors come up. When this happens it is best to seek professional advice to be able to get back to life again.
When symptoms have worsened and you or someone you know has contemplated on committing such an act, it is best to get help right away. The only way is to have the guidance of a doctor, a nurse or a mental health professional so you would know the steps to take.