Adjustment Disorder

April 21 2021

As the year winds down, we find ourselves in a curious place.  For many of us, it has been a long year filled with twists and turns (and loops!) along the way. The latest being readjusting to the reopening of the schools to quasi normal business.  Adjusting to changes can always induce stress, but what happens if this adjustment stress reaches a high bridge collapsing level?  This is where Adjustment Disorder can be found. 

 Adjustment Disorder is a stress-related condition that is caused by a stress related event.  Unlike “normal” stress that ebbs and flows, stress that can cause a diagnosis of Adjustment Disorder is more intense and lasts longer than the few months it takes to adjust to the new situation.  The Mayo Clinic cites these symptoms as signs of Adjustment Disorder:

 Feeling sad, hopeless or not enjoying things you used to enjoy

  • Difficulty functioning in daily activities
  • Avoiding important things such as going to work or paying bills
  • Withdrawing from social supports

Especially with stressors like a pandemic, this disorder can manifest quickly.  The important takeaway is to recognize these signs, acknowledge the stress of the current time we are in, continue to practice self-care (eating, sleeping, maintaining routine), and seeking help from a professional when necessary. 

For more information about how this disorder can affect us, please take a look at the article linked here


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