Excessive reactions to stress that involve negative thoughts, strong emotions and changes in behaviour are known as adjustment disorders. People with this disorder experience a more intense response to stressful changes or events than expected, which can cause difficulties getting along with others at work or school.
Various life changes such as work problems, going away to school, or illness can cause stress, which most people get used to within a few months. However, if someone has an adjustment disorder, they continue to have emotional or behavioural responses that can lead to increased feelings of anxiety or depression.
Thankfully, treatment options are available to help individuals with adjustment disorders regain their emotional well-being.