Adjustment Difficulties

Adjustment difficulties refer to challenges which occur due to a change in situation or circumstance, they are sometimes known as ‘situational depression’ or ‘stress response syndrome’. Adjustment difficulties are considered when symptoms occur within three months of the life event or change in circumstance. Adjustment difficulties tend to be caused by temporary situations such as:

  • Parental separation
  • Bereavement
  • Chronic health condition
  • Major life changes

Symptoms of adjustment difficulties include:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Anger
  • Temper outbursts
  • Behavioural problems
  • Reduction in academic performance
  • Unexpected social difficulties
  • Increased stomach aches or headaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Avoidance of situations, tasks or people