Adjustment disorder, also known as stress response syndrome, is a mental health condition that occurs when individuals have difficulty coping with or adjusting to a stressful life event or change.
Adjustment disorder is often triggered by significant life changes or stressors, such as relationship problems, divorce or separation, job loss, financial difficulties, relocation, illness, academic challenges, or the death of a loved one. These events disrupt an individual's normal routine and require them to adapt and cope with the new circumstances.
Treatment for adjustment disorder focuses on helping individuals cope with the stressor and develop healthy strategies for adjustment. The specific treatment approach may vary depending on the severity of symptoms and individual needs. It may include supportive counseling, psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), stress management techniques, relaxation exercises, and social support interventions. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to manage specific symptoms like anxiety or depression.