Trauma Related Disorders

What is it?

An adjustment disorder can develop in people who experience more stress than normal. While some stress in life can be healthy, stress that disrupts everything from work and school to relationships may indicate a deeper issue. Some symptoms of an adjustment disorder may manifest within a few months of the stressful experience:

  • Crying
  • Feeling sad 
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Thinking or acting on suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling more worried or anxious than normal
  • Not wanting to eat
  • Experiencing difficulty sleeping
  • Staying away from friends and family

Symptoms can be either acute, meaning they last for less than six months and lessen once the stressful cause is gone, or persistent. If your symptoms appear to be chronic and make it difficult to get through the day, it may be time to see a mental health professional.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2021). Post traumatic stress disorder. Retrieved from

When someone experiences a stressful situation that includes serious injury, sexual violence, and any form of facing death, that experience can result in post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a serious mental illness that can disrupt everyday life for the person dealing with it and surrounding loved ones. Some symptoms include:

  • Nightmares and flashbacks
  • Uncontrollable memories intruding into everyday life
  • Increased heartbeat and sweating
  • A consistent feeling of being on guard
  • Insomnia
  • Guilty feelings about what happened
  • Helpless and hopeless feelings


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