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What are symptoms of an adjustment disorder?

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Someone with stress response syndrome won't behave like their usual self. Symptoms may include:

The reaction to the stressor is greater than what's typical or expected in those circumstances. They may have problems getting along with daily life.

  • Hopelessness, sadness, crying a lot
  • Anxiety, nervousness, worry
  • Head- or stomach aches
  • Irregular or forceful heartbeats
  • Withdrawal from people and social activities, absence from work or school
  • New dangerous or destructive behavior, such as fighting, reckless driving, and vandalism
  • Loss of appetite or overeating
  • Problems sleeping, feeling tired or drained
  • More alcohol or other drug use

SOURCE: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, American Psychiatric Association.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCE: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, American Psychiatric Association.

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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