If you love someone who has an adjustment disorder or just want to educate yourself then you’ve come to the right place!

In a nutshell! An adjustment disorder is a mental illness that has a direct correlation to stress. Most people adapt and adjust to new situations, events and scenarios within a few months. However, for people like myself who have this particular disorder, it takes much longer. Adjustment disorders come in many shapes and sizes. Some people can adapt to their disorder and find ways to cope with ease. Whereas, other’s abilities to move forward are blocked with an extra degree of difficulty.

Dealing with an adjustment disorder can become increasingly difficult if paired with substance abuse, emotional chaos, or another mental illness. It just becomes stress on top of stress, on top of stress. That’s the making of a friggen stress hierarchy right there!

For all you nerds out there, here’s where the facts lie..

Causes: 

  • Genetics, temperament, life experiences
  • Divorce
  • Physical, emotional and/or sexual assault
  • Moving away for school
  • Bullying
  • Job loss
  • B-b-bad diagnoses of serious physical or mental ailments

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Sadness
  • Crying fits
  • Jitterbug.. hehe
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Desperation
  • Need for approval
  • Reckless driving
  • Vandalizing property
  • Avoiding or pushing people away
  • Skipping school or work

Treatments: 

  • Psychotherapy and medications

Psychotherapy and medications don’t necessarily have to be tied together. Although, it is recommended because once you take your medications it’ll knock some of those symptoms off your back and allow you to focus on gaining coping mechanisms through therapy. From experience, medications help enhance who you are. They in no way alter the person that you are. They just alter and regulate your moods so that you’re happier and able to deal with stressful situations more efficiently.

  • Exercise and proper nutrition
  • Engage in healthy, happy hobbies
  • Find a support network
  • Get on a regular sleep routine

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    PLEASE if you are ever experiencing suicidal thoughts call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255 !!

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