School Psych Corner: What Are Adjustment Disorders?
[Source: Child Mind Institute]
It’s normal for kids to get upset when they go through a big change like a move or a divorce. But sometimes kids under stress have unusually strong reactions to events like these. These kinds of responses are called adjustment disorders and they’re some of the most common mental health challenges in kids of all ages.
Children who have an adjustment disorder act or feel very different than they did before the stressful event. Their symptoms get in the way of daily life. The symptoms themselves vary a lot and depend on what kind of adjustment disorder the child has. It might look like anxiety, depression, behavior problems, or some combination. The symptoms usually start right after the stressful event and stop within six months of the stress going away.
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