Adjustment disorders arise when there is a maladaptive reaction to an identifiable stressor, i.e. some major change in the life of the individual. Examples of stressors include: loss of a loved one, divorce, moving, major health diagnosis, loss of employment, etc. Symptoms are in excess of what would be considered expected or normal given the stressor. Although children often experience Adjustment Disorders, problems with adjustment can occur at any age. Symptoms can negatively impact functioning in a variety of areas – social life, academia, or occupational functioning.
Adjustment problems can cause a variety of symptoms, such as: