It’s Ok To Not Be Ok When Going Through A Major Life Change

Adjustment disorder is a mental health condition that sounds foreign to most people, but actually affects us all at some point in life. By definition, it’s an abnormal and excessive reaction to an identifiable life stressor.

Change Is Triggering

There are many things that can bring about adjustment disorder. Being diagnosed with a life threatening medical condition, losing a loved one, or experiencing unexpected catastrophe can all lead to adjustment disorder.

It can also be triggered by daily life, for instance, if you’re having a tough time at work or in school, dealing with a difficult marriage (or divorce), or struggling with finances.


Don’t brush it under the rug

If left unchecked, adjustment disorder can progress into more severe mental health conditions, from major depression to substance abuse to suicidal thoughts.

If you are going through an adjustment period:

1. Give yourself time to feel emotional


2. Know your triggers


3. Self care, self care, self care!


4. Let your voice be heard!


Talk it out

Talking to people going through adjustment disorder can help speed up the process of working through your feelings and finding solutions that work for you.

If after all of this you’re finding it increasingly harder to function—getting out of bed, going to work or making it to class is becoming a battle—then you may need to speak to a mental health professional. A trained therapist can help you better identify blocks in your mental health recovery.

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