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Adjustment Disorder


Adjustment disorder refers to the emotional and psychological difficulties that can arise from a major life change or specific event. It can also be referred to as ‘stress response syndrome’ or ‘situational depression’. It is usually a short-term condition, with symptoms rarely existing for more than six months.

Adjustment difficulties represent a reaction to an event/incident which goes beyond what is considered to be typical in that situation - symptoms may interfere with a person’s ability to function as they did before. Adjustment disorder can occur after:

  • The end of a relationship
  • The death of a loved one
  • A loss or change of job
  • A crime is committed against you
  • A natural disaster
  • A diagnosis of a serious illness for you or a loved one
  • A major life change such as getting married, having a baby or emigrating


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