Conditions and treatments
An adjustment disorder is a response within some people to one or more stressful events in life (divorce, illness, or loss of employment).
An adjustment disorder is a temporary condition and once a person has adapted to the situation or the stressor has been removed this condition will lift.
Feeling stressed, nervous, withdrawing from people, sad or hopeless are all symptoms of an adjustment disorder. These feeling may occur after a stressful life event. Whatever the event is it may be too much for the person and may impair on their social and work life.
People diagnosed with an adjustment disorder may suffer with severe stress within three months of the event, and the feelings may become so overwhelming that the person may have suicidal thoughts.
Adjustment disorder symptoms can last up to six months, for symptoms lasting more than six months these are categorized as chronic adjustment disorders.
To relieve the symptoms of the adjustment disorder and to help you return to everyday life your GP or a Specialist may advise a combination of medication and talking therapies.
The medication may help to relieve anxiety, sleep and the sadness.