There’s no avoiding life’s ups and downs – but we all deal with these challenges in different ways. For some, a significant life challenge can lead to adjustment difficulties, a period which can be emotionally draining, though thankfully short-term.

What Is Adjustment Difficulty?

Sometimes known as ‘situational depression’, adjustment difficulties relate to challenges and emotions that occur when we experience a major change in our life. Often, these emotions may be out of proportion to the situation. Crucially, the resulting feelings will not have been present before the change and tend to occur within a few months of the stressor and have faded within six months.

The Cause of Adjustment Difficulties

In our lives, we all have a multitude of issues that we have to face. We may find ourselves floored by a chronic health condition, depressed due to a bereavement or feeling stressed by other major changes like marriage, divorce, a disaster, or being fired from a job. In some people, these events can be triggers for adjustment difficulties, and they’ll begin to experience an adverse change in their mood. This can affect their relationships, their health and their academic or work performance.

Research outlines that we may be more likely to experience adjustment difficulties if we’ve experienced significant stress in childhood, have other non-related mental health conditions or are living with various difficult circumstances at the same time.

Symptoms of Adjustment Difficulties

If within a few months of a major life event, you begin to experience any of the following, then it may be that you have adjustment difficulties:

Low mood; anxiety; change in sleep pattern; anger; increased incidence of headaches or stomach aches; lack in concentration; trouble moving on; withdrawal from social situations; lack of appetite; feeling overwhelmed.

It is our mind’s way of processing these significant events – in some people they may struggle to adjust to a new situation, which can then have an impact on their mental health. The response is typically more severe than other people would experience it, and it will directly impair your social or occupational life.

Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition, ending within six months of the initial stressor.

How Can Re:Cognition Health Help You?

Treatments are available for adjustment difficulties that focus on developing resilience and coping mechanisms. Treatment tends to be brief, particularly the further away we move from the initial trigger event. Our neuropsychology clinic is led by an experienced team of professionals who can offer support and advice when you need it most.

To find out more about Adjustment Difficulty and to book a consultation with one of our consultants, please call 0203 5531527.