Adjustment disorder is a short-term, stress-related mental health condition that occurs in response to a significant life event or change. It is characterized by emotional and behavioral symptoms that exceed what would be considered a normal reaction to the given situation. Common triggers for adjustment disorder include the loss of a loved one, relationship problems, job changes, or relocation.
Individuals with adjustment disorder may experience feelings of sadness, anxiety, hopelessness, or a sense of being overwhelmed. They may also exhibit changes in behavior, such as withdrawal, irritability, or engaging in reckless behavior. Symptoms typically arise within three months of the stressful event and can last for up to six months after the event has ended.