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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is adjustment disorder?

A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

Symptoms of adjustment disorder

  • Stressed over daily life

  • Decrease in ambition and motivation

  • Experienced a traumatic event within the last 1 month

  • Change in living environment in the past one month

  • Feeling down

  • Difficulty sleeping (Insomnia)

  • Frequently feeling anxious

  • Fears that are sometimes irrational or illogical

Questions your doctor may ask to check for adjustment disorder

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose adjustment disorder

  • Do you feel psychologically stressed (for example, you clearly hate going to work or school)?

  • Do you feel you have less ambition, motivation or willpower lately?

  • Have you received shocking news in the last month?

  • Have you had any changes to your life or in your environment in the last month?

  • Have you been feeling depressed recently?

Treatment for adjustment disorder

Symptoms improve when the event causing stress is over. Therapy such as counseling and learning stress management strategies is useful. Medication is rarely required.

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