Adjustment disorder is an emotional and behavioral reaction that develops within 3 months of a life stress, and which is stronger or greater than what would be expected for the type of event that occurred.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Adults often develop adjustment disorder due to marital or financial problems.
In adolescents, common stressors include:
* Family conflict
* School problems
* Sexuality issues
Other stressors for people of any age include:
* Death of a loved one
* General life changes
* Unexpected catastrophes
There is no way to predict which people who are affected by the same stress are likely to develop adjustment disorder. Financial conditions, social support, and career and recreational opportunities can influence how well a person reacts to stress. A person’s susceptibility to stress may be influenced by factors such as:
* Coping strategies
* Genetic factors
* Social skills
Reviewed By : Fred K. Berger, MD, Addiction and Forensic Psychiatrist, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.