Adjustment Disorder is an intense reaction to a life event that affects our ability to deal with the event. It is a severe and short-term condition. It is also referred to as Stress Response Syndrome. Symptoms can be psychological (intense sadness, hopelessness, depression) and/or physiological (palpitations, sleeplessness, headaches, withdrawal from friends or work/school). Symptoms can last up to three months but can also become chronic.
Psychotherapy has been found to be beneficial in addressing adjustment disorders.