A person’s reaction to everyday stress can sometimes go awry, resulting in maladaptive behavior. If such behavior interferes with one’s work or family life and lasts as long as six months, it is considered an adjustment disorder. There are nine types of adjustment disorders, depending on a person’s most dominant symptoms.

For example, adjustment disorder with withdrawal describes a person who avoids the company of others but does not show signs of depression or anxiety. Adjustment disorder with work inhibition applies when a person feels unable to do a job or assignment despite having performed capably in the recent past.


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